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We dedicate this book of remembrance to the pioneer 
families who came into the Cane Creek Valley, carved 
out homes from the wilderness, and established a 
Quaker Meeting. It is because of their courage, staunch 
Quaker faith, and fortitude that Cane Creek Meeting 
came into being. 



May we exhibit the same attributes as we begin another 
decade, another century, and a new millennium. 

Table of cSorv+en+s 

Introduction & Purpose i 

Acknowledgements iii 

Pastors of Cane Creek Friends Meeting 1 

Changes 2 

Allen, John & Caroline Stuart 3 

Beale, George 4 

Chamness 5 

Coble, George 6 

Coble, John R. & Claud F 7 

Culberson, Allen 8 

Division Page - Industry 9 

Dixon, James T. 11 

Dixon, Joe 12 

Dixon, Thomas C 13 

Dixon, Solomon 14 

Durham, Charlie 15 

Greene, Fleet & Mabel 16 

Griffin, Clifton C 17 

Griffin, Ed & Lorraine 18 

Division Page - Education 19 

Griffin, John 21 

Hammer, Isaac & Jane 22 

Henley, William D 23 

Holman 24 

Hornaday, Bea & Lewis 25 

Kimball, Will & Lucy 26 

Marshall 27 

McPherson, Fred & Emma Hobson 28 

Division Page - Friendly Creativity & Memories 29 

McPherson, Junie 31 

McPherson, Solomon 32 

McVey 33 

O'Daniel 34 

Piggot 35 

Pike 36 

Stanfield 37 

Stephens, Ross 38 

Division Page - Activities 39 

Stout, William Patterson & Jennie Dixon 41 

Stuart, Alexander 42 

Reynolds 43 

Stuart, Nathan & Lydia 44 

Teague 45 

Thompson, Harrison 46 

Thompson, Hayes & F. Paul 47 

Thompson, Pinkney P. 48 

Division Page - Family, Neighbors, Friends 49 

Vestal 51 

Way 52 

Wells 53 

Whitehead 54 

Williams 55 

Wilson 56 

Woody 57 

Workman 58 

Wright, Nathan 59 

Wright, John & Rachel 60 

Division Page - Sword of Peace 61 

Appendix - Accession Numbers 63 



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CJntroducrion and Purpose 

Cane Creek Meeting appointed the Sesquibicentennial 
Committee in 1996. The committee's duties were to plan 
activities to celebrate the Meeting's 250th birthday in 
October 2001. 

Many plans have been made, among them the publication 
of a remembrance book. This book emphasizes the relation- 
ships of families to the meeting and their contributions 
throughout Cane Creek's long and colorful history — through 
two centuries and into a new millennium. 



This is a very special book. It has pictures of friends and 
loved ones as well as significant places, some of which exist 
only in our memories. Also, the reader will find narrative 
stories and genealogy information. In addition, there are 
quotations, prayers, and favorite sayings of persons who 
have been a part of Cane Creek Meeting through the years. 
No attempt was made by the committee to verify the 
information submitted. Instead, they chose to leave all the 
memories intact. 

The Sesquibicentennial Committee hopes that all who 
read this book will enjoy it as they discover "from whence 
we came." 

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Sesquibicentennial Committee 

Bobbie Teague and John Allen 

Sam Moon 
Monroe McVey 
Sadie Allen 
Fanny Belle Hart 
J.W. Thompson 
Ernest Thompson 
Belva McVey 
Shirley Thompson 
Cora Lee Gibson 
Karen Griffin 
Connie McPherson 
Larry Griffin 
Dianne Whitehead 
Nelda Kiser 
Allen Culberson 
Dale Matthews 
Yvonne McPherson 


Remembrance Book Sub-committee 

Shirley Thompson 
Yvonne McPherson 
Dianne Whitehead 
Nelda Kiser 
Bobbie Teague 

All of those who shared their memories and photographs. 

Pastors oj (Z^cxne- (Sreek FViends ]\/\e-e.Y\v\Q 

Walter Allen 
Pastor 1925-29 

Bascom and Dovie Rollins 
Pastor 1950-56 



Part-time Pastors 

Oscar and Belle Cox 
Edward and Margaret Harris 
Thomas Andrew 
Will Dixon 
Tommy Hendrix 

Georgia Reece 1920-27 

Virgil Pike 1924-26 

Walter Allen 1925-29 

Elbert Newlin 1929 

Cora Lee Norman 1 929 

Lewis and Pearl McFarland .... 1932-36 

York and Alice Teague 1936-37 

Ben and Pearl Millikan 1937-41 

Full-time Pastors 

Elbert and Inez Newlin 1941-45 

Waldo and Lutie Woody 1945-50 

Bascom and Dovie Rollins .... 1950-56 

Willie and Agnes Frye 1 956-59 

Robert and Lola Crow 1959-61 

Kenneth and Hope Wood 1961-65 

John and Sarah Kennerly 1965-67 

Bob and Pam Medford 1967-68 

Mark and Olivia Hodgin 1968-72 

Hadley and Anne Robertson . . . 1972-76 

John and Sharon Sides 1976-84 

Don and Ginger Osborne 1984-87 

Don and Ann Tickle 1987-89 

Dale and Marilyn Matthews . . . 1989- 




ftSsyn the fifth day, of tenth month, 1918, the following minutes 
were placed in the Cane Creek Monthly Meeting records: 

"The committee in regard to pastor's reports that arrange- 
ments have been made with Edward Harris and Oscar Cox 
for each to preach once a month, at $50.00 per year for the 
coming year." The report was accepted. Thus, our first "Hired 
Ministry" system went into effect. Several different pastors 
served after these men. 

In early 1941 the Ministry and Counsel and Monthly 
Meeting began to earnestly search and make plans for hiring 
a full-time pastor. By first day, of eighth month, 1941, Cane 
Creek had called Elbert D. Newlin, our first full-time pastor. 

Elbert Newlin's work began moving ahead in a good 
way. Several people had been received into membership 
and the younger group became very active as well as the 
Missionary Circles. 

Four months into his ministry, Elbert Newlin would find 
himself with a very daunting task. 

It was on the morning of Sunday, first month, fourth day, 
1942, that the congregation was gathering for Sunday School. 
Before Sunday School could begin, a fire was discovered in the 
building, and quickly the flames shot through the frame struc- 
ture. The congregation had to stand by, helplessly, and watch 

the House of Worship be consumed by the flames. Members 
did what they could. They saved the piano, a short bench and 
a few chairs — that was all! 

But the congregation was not content to stand by and feel 
sorry for themselves. At 2 p.m. that very day, a meeting of the 
members was held, and the group decided, at that point, to 
rebuild the Meeting House at once. 

There was $2,000 in insurance money on a building 
valued at $5,000. 

A committee was appointed with Elbert Newlin as chair- 
man, and a new site on church property was chosen. A brick 
building, with full basement, was erected. Sunday School and 
Meetings for Worship were held in Sylvan High School until 
the new facility was completed. 

Many interested friends, near and far, came to our rescue 
and helped us with their finances to get the building finished. 

The first Meeting for Worship was held in the new Meeting 
House on Sunday, ninth month, sixteenth day, 1942, with 210 
people present. 

On Sunday, tenth month, fourth day, 1942, our first 
Homecoming Day, our new Meeting House was dedicated, 
"tree-of-debt! " 

Fire engulfs the Meetinghouse. 

Nothing could stop the flames. 

January 4, 1942 — A sad sight. 

~JJok^ .Allen & (Z-CK^o\\v\a Stuart ^Allen 

. Jl^he Allen Family is deeply rooted in the Quaker Faith. The roots extend 
back to the 1 7th of 1 st month 1712 when a certificate of removal was grant- 
ed to )ohn Allen by Dublin Monthly Meeting in Dublin, Ireland. The certifi- 
cate is addressed to "Friends in Pensilivania or Elsewhere." John Allen 
brought the certificate to America and was received into membership by 
the Newark Monthly Meeting in Chester County, PA, the 3rd of 2nd month 
1 71 3. Newark Friends Meeting recorded the marriage of John Allen and 
Amy Cox 2nd of 4th month 1719. John and Amy Cox Allen had nine chil- 
dren. Three of them, )ohn II, Elizabeth, and Phebe, came to NC and the 
Cane Creek area. In 1749 John Allen II and Simon Dixon came to NC and 
began proceedings for a Granville Land Grant "on both sides of the waters 
of Cane Creek." 

John Allen II was married and had a family in PA. He returned to PA 
where he died 1 Om-1 -1 754, and never returned to the Cane Creek area. 
However, Simon Dixon remained in NC where he constructed a dwelling 
and was received into membership by certificate at the first session of Cane 
Creek Monthly Meeting 10-7-1 751 . In 1752 Simon returned to PA where he 
and Elizabeth Allen were married 8-11-1 752 in the New Garden Meeting 
House. This young couple returned to NC, raised a large family and became 
an integral part in the life of the Monthly Meeting. Phebe married Samuel 
Thompson in Pennsylvania. Samuel died in Pennsylvania. Phebe and chil- 
dren — Temple, Elizabeth, and Amy — came to NC and were received into 
membership at Cane Creek by certificate from New Garden Meeting, PA, 
1-6-1770. Phebe married James Vestal ca 1772 and moved to Surry County, 
NC. Phebe Scarlett Allen, widow of John Allen II, came to NC with her 
young children — Hannah, Amy, Ann, John III, and Samuel. They were 
received into membership by certificate from New Garden Meeting, 

Pennsylvania, 11-6-1 762. Later, she married Isaac Cox and they lived in the 
Holly Springs area. 

When the oldest son, John III, became of age he came to the land along 
Cane Creek that had been granted to his father. He built a home and mar- 
ried on 7-2-1 779, a neighbor girl, Rachel Stout, daughter of Peter Stout "The 
Quaker" and Margaret Cypert. They lived in a log home where they raised 
twelve children. In 1967 the ten children of George Lester and Olive Stuart 
Allen donated this house and furniture to the North Carolina Historical 
Society along with family papers, wills, account books and documents. The 
Historical Society moved the house to the Alamance Battleground State 
Park, where it is maintained as a museum. Of the twelve Allen children, 
three remained in the Cane Creek area. John Allen IV married Dinah Stuart, 
Peter Allen married Elizabeth Dixon, and William Allen married Rebecca 

One of the characteristics of the Allen family is their continued commit- 
ment to education. Many members of the family, from William Allen in the 
1 840's up to and including the present time, have chosen this field. One 
individual, Jane Allen Hammer, of Bucklin, KS, daughter of Nathan and 
Lydia Stout Allen, granddaughter of Peter and Elizabeth Dixon Allen, gave 
an endowment of money and property to build and support a school in the 
Cane Creek vicinity. This school, Sylvan, continues to the present time and 
the proceeds from the property in Kansas provide ongoing financial support 
for the school. 

Members of the Allen family have been active in the Meeting from its 
earliest beginnings. They have served as clerks, elders and trustees. In addi- 
tion there are many allied families, families of Allen daughters, with close 
ties to this pioneer family. 


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Elizabeth fane Allen 

New Garden Friends Meeting, Chester County PA, 

Constructed 1743. The Aliens worshipped here before 

moving to Cane Creek. 

From Allen House Dedication 

by Beulah Allen 

This old house has known the sadness 

and laughter of five generations of 

direct descendants of John Allen, while 

they lived in it until 1929. The families 

have all been of the surname Allen — it 

never passed to a daughter " 

Home of John Allen III at Alamance Battleground, NC 

Interior of Allen House 



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^ v n 1906 George Ivey Beale and his lather, iwo brothers, and tour 
sisters moved from Catawba County to Southern Alamance County and 
bought a farm adjoining the (arm of Alson and Josephine Vestal McPherson. 

George Beale met and later married the second daughter of the 
McPherson family, Loretta. Loretta inherited approximately forty acres of 
land from her family. George and Loretta were able to buy enough adjoining 
land to have a total of 1 52 acres and this became the Beale farm. They built 
a house next door to the Alson and losephine McPherson homeplace. This 
house is still standing at #7605 Beale Road. F.C. McPherson lives there now. 
The location is two and one-quarter miles north of Cane Creek Church and 
three and one-quarter miles north of Sylvan School. The road by the farm is 
appropriately named Beale Road. 

George Beale was a leader of his community, church and family. He was 
extremely interested in education. Although he did not have a lot of formal 
education himself, it was his wish that his children would have a good one. 
He did not believe you should miss any days of school and unless you were 
sick enough to take castor oil, you did not miss any days. Sickness was the 
only excuse for being absent. 

He drove the first school bus. It was a hack with two seats and pulled by 
two horses. According to the Stare Magazine this was the first school bus in 
the state for public schools. 

George and Loretta had five children: losephine, Seth, Lloyd, Betty and 
Peggy. All five children graduated from Sylvan High School. Lloyd and Betty 
each skipped a grade and both graduated at fifteen years of age. They were 
the youngest pupils to finish at Sylvan High School. Peggy went the entire 
eleven years without missing a day. losephine and Peggy both became 
teachers. Seth became a doctor and practiced medicine in Elkin, N.C. from 
1938 to 1975. 

George Beale and his family went to Cane Creek Quaker Meeting where 
George taught Sunday School for years. He was still teaching when he died 
in 1940. 

He was very active in the church and held a lot of different jobs there. 
When the church doors were open he was there for everything. 

Seth, Peggy, Lloyd, 
George & John Beale 

George Beale was one of the pioneers in raising Jersey cattle. Lloyd 
Beale remembers life on the farm this way, "We were active with the 4H 
Club. We always had cows, and lots of them. I can remember when we 
milked 26 cows by hand each night and each morning. This was a time 
when neighbors helped neighbors. Some good examples were at 'corn 
shuckings' and 'wheat threshings,' when twenty or thirty of your neighbors 
came and helped with the work. Then there was a big supper or dinner, and 
always good food." 

Dr. Seth Beale 

George Beale provided transportation to school with the horse and wagon. 

Loretta Corona McPherson Beale and her sister, 
Mary Alma Wright. Made approximately 1899. 



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Chamness Stone in Cane Creek Cemetery. 

£j$g nthony Chamness (circa 1 71 3-1 777), son of John and Ann 
Chamness, came to America from White Chapel, Middlesex, 
England, in 1 725 and served as an indentured servant for seven 
years. He met his wife, Sarah Cole (1718-circa 1765), daughter 
of Joseph and Susanna Cole of Baltimore County, Maryland, 
where they were married 24 November 1 735 (probably at the 
Gun Powder Friends Meeting). Their first three children were 
born in Baltimore County, Maryland; the second three were 
born in Frederick County, Maryland; the other seven were born 
in Cane Creek, Orange County, Province of North Carolina. 
Their descendants, many of whom are still birthright Quakers, 
can be found throughout the contiguous 48 states and beyond. 
Their occupations are as numerous as their children and places 
of residence. 

Leaving Frederick County, Maryland, Anthony and Sarah 
Chamness followed the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road (Great 

Emigrant Road) and migrated to Alamance County circa 1748, 
where Anthony was granted 490 acres of land on the Cane 
Creek. They settled and began farming about one mile west of 
the Cane Creek Meeting House, where they raised their thirteen 
children. The farm, which also contained a grist mill, apparent- 
ly thrived under their industrious husbandry as demonstrated 
by the generous bequeathments in Anthony's will of 24 
November 1776. 

Anthony and Sarah were among the first overseers of the 
Cane Creek Meeting. In 1975 friends and family erected a large 
stone in the Cane Creek Meeting's cemetery to commemorate 
these early pioneers and their devoted service to the Cane 
Creek congregation. Chamness descendants still come yearly 
to stroll between the quiet graves and visit the remains of their 
progenitors' ancient homestead. 



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Modern Chamness Stone in Cane Creek Cemetery. 

CA&oy-cje. C-oule" 


t.Mfhe surname "Coble" is of Celtic origin, and is connected with the root 
CEU or CAU— CEUBOL or CAUBOL, which signifies "hollow" like a hollow 
log, or a log hollowed out lor a boat — boat makers. 

CUBOL is a name for a ferryboat, also a small rowing boat used by 
fishers and others. 

The Cobles came from Switzerland — Switzers. 

The Cobles did not believe in war, but did believe that it was right to 
defend themselves from those who try to harm them. They based their rights 
upon scripture: Eph. 6 - l 1 — "Put on the whole armor of Cod, that ye may be 
able to stand against the wiles of the devil." 

When the Christian Churches were burned or turned into stables and 
the pilgrims were mocked and persecuted al every turn, to defend their 
rights the Christians buckled on their armors and fought faithfully for their 
lives and tor their religion. They enlisted in the cause to defend their rights. 
This cause was the Crusades. 

The Cobles landed in America via English ships between the years 
1 710-1 786. Our ancestors went to Philadelphia, PA and then migrated to 
NC where land was very cheap and very easy terms! Antojius Kobel bought 

Hiram Newton Coble and Phebe Nelson Coble 
Hiram was born March 30, 1841 and died 
January 28, 1908. Phebe Nelson Coble was 

born January 20, 1846 and died February 11, 
1 94 1 . Hiram and Phebe were married in 1 866 
and raised their family on Cane Creek near the 
Old Dixon Mill in Snow Camp, N.C. They were 
members of Cane Creek Friends Meeting and 
both are buried in the church cemetery. 

land in Guilford County, NC in 1762. After the Revolutionary War, many 
of the Cobles and allied families went to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and 
Tennessee. Then the next migration was to some states west of the Missis- 
sippi River. Many of them went to Missouri after the Civil War — now, the 
Coble family is in every state in the Union. 

Hans Georg Cobel came to America on the ship "Hope," arriving at 
Philadelphia 28th August 1 733. It was an English ship that left from 
Rotterdam; Daniel Reed was shipmaster. His name, soon after coming to 
America, became simply George Coble. 

The Coble family first settled in Lancaster, PA. Then a few years later 
they moved to Hanover, York County, PA. 

The four brothers (sons of George) — Anthony, Adam, George and (ohn — 
came to NC around 1 755. It appears they did not all come down to NC 
from PA at the same time. 

Our direct line, George Coble, received a land grant from the British 
Crown on Timber Ridge Lake Road near the lohn Charles Lake. There he 
built a trading post and gristmill, and also court was held there from time 
to time. 

Drury fames Coble and Delia Hobby Coble 

Drury "Drew" lames Coble was born lune 19, 1881 in Snow 
Camp, NC. He was the son of Hiram Newton Coble and Phebe 
Nelson Coble. First he married Mattie Mae Carter, September 
5, 1908, and later married Delia Hobby February 6, 1915. 
Drew Coble lived and raised his family of six children on the 
Coble farm located behind Sylvan School, Snow Camp, NC. 
Drew Coble died May 30, 1 959 and was buried in the Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery, Snow Camp, NC. Delia H. 
Coble died December 4, 1960 and was buried in the Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting Cemetery. 

Drury "Drew" lames Coble and Family 
Circa 1940 

Front Row, L-R (sitting): Drury lames Coble and Delia Hobby Coble 

Back Row, L-R: Lucille Coble, Hiram Coble, William Coble, Finley Coble, Wade 

Coble and Mattie Mae Coble. All were members of Cane Creek Friends Meeting. 

~^Jol\n lR.ando\pl\ (Z-oa\& ana (Z\aiAa T~. Coble ofx 


John Randolph Coble 


Phoebe Dixon Coble 

(Af\\e John Randolph Coble and Claud F. Coble families were an integra 
part of the business community of Snow Camp from 1850-1945. Randolph 
built a General Mercantile Store on the north side of Cane Creek on what is 
now known as Snow Camp Road. During the last thirty years of the 1 9th 
century, he sold everything from sugar and clothing to hardware. At 
Christmas time, he also sold toys, dolls and hard candy. Most purchases and 
accounts at the store were paid for with farm produce or wages people 
earned from working at the Snow Camp Woolen Mill. 

In order to keep their store stocked and thriving, each Monday morning, 
Randolph sent two wagons drawn by mules to Wilmington, via plank road, 
where the wagon drivers met ships that came down from the North. To get 
the goods that the store needed, he sent goods to trade. In exchange for 
flour, corn meal, woolen cloth, fur skins, hams and vinegar, he got sugar, 
salt, cheese, shoes, cotton cloth, snuff, chewing tobacco and tools. 

As for his involvement with the Cane Creek Friends Meeting, Randolph, 
who was a member of the Pleasant Hill community, joined the Meeting 
prior to his marriage to Mary Frances Dixon. Afterwards, to escape serving 
in the Civil War, Randolph went by the Underground Railroad to Norfolk, 

Left to Right: 
Claud & Bessie Coble, 
Charlie & Lena Durham, 
Frank & Hattie McVey. 
Made in 1908. 

Virginia where he met a ship going North. During the war, he spent his time 
in Ohio where he worked in a hospital taking care of wounded soldiers. 

Randolph's son, Claud, followed in his father's entrepreneurial footsteps 
and around 1 900, became a partner in the family store. The name of the 
store was then changed to the J.R. Coble and C.F. Coble Store. In 1905, 
Claud also became the postmaster in Snow Camp. These duties prepared 
Claud well to serve as treasurer for the Cane Creek Friends Meeting during 
the 1940's. When the church was destroyed by fire during Claud's tenure as 
the Meeting's treasurer, he and Harrison Thompson spent many hours on the 
financing and building of the new church. 

Claud's wife, Bessie Holliday, was a teacher at the Oak Hill one-room 
schoolhouse from 1 905-1 91 1 . She was always active in the Meeting where 
she served on the Ministry and Counsel and taught the older women's 
Sunday school class. An important part of the family legacy was continued 
by Claud's and Bessie's son, Joe Coble, who leased land to the Sword of 
Peace for the drama theater. It is the Sword of Peace that serves as a mod- 
ern-day performing chronicle paying tribute to the families of the Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting and the Snow Camp Community. 


John Randolph Coble House. 

Neighbors, taken at Randolph Coble's house. 


|ohn Randolph Coble House was renovated around 1965. 

Family of ;Allen (Sulberso^T 

Robert and Ora Culberson 


^he Culbersons came lo Chatham County in the mid 1 700's. Robert 
Henry Culberson was the son of Solomon Culberson and Jane Buckner. 
{Robert was the brother of Manie Stephens.) In his early adult years, Robert 
was a schoolteacher in the Pleasant Hill/Snow Camp community. 

Ora Ellen Allen was the daughter of Daniel Barker Allen and Margaret 
Russell. Ora married Robert in 1910. They settled into married life as farm- 
ers — first in Chatham County. They had three children: Atha, Allen and Paul. 
At the age of six, Allen remembers moving to Snow Camp in order to be 
nearer to good schools. 

An anecdote he remembers vividly was recounted by Dale Matthews in 
his 1993 newsletter: 

In moving, his dad gave him a wooden stick to drive the six or eight 
cows over the Old Dam Creek (no bridge) as the cows were not hitched up 
to anything. Allen drove the cows to ford the creek' below the present dam. 
After crossing the creek, his dad told him to hop into the wagon for the rest 
ol the ride to their new home in Alamance County. The family settled in a 
log house ne\t to Holt Pickard and family. 

Ora and Robert were active Cane Creek Meeting members. They 
worked the farm, contributed to the local Home Demonstration Club, 
helped start a local soup kitchen, and participated weekly at the local 
Farmers' Market. Their home was always open to boarding students at the 
Sylvan Academy. Early boarders were: Alice and Alma Teague, and Vera, 
Verna and Ruth Hadley. Ora and Robert sold their home on Sylvan School 
Road in 1956 and retired to Greensboro to be near their daughter, Atha. 

Atha married Clem Wright and lived most of her life in Greensboro. In 
her young adulthood, she was a teacher and then Home Demonstration 

Homeplace of Ora and 
Robert Culberson. 
Children: Atha, Allen 
and Paul 

Agent. She and Clem had no children. They were very active members of 
First Friends Meeting in Greensboro. 

Paul married Gladys Hamrick and moved to Tryon, NC. He worked in 
Polk County as a County Extension Agent. After Gladys' death, Paul married 
Jane Dusenbury. He recently retired as director of the Polk County 
Foundation, a large active charitable organization. 

Allen married Flora Belle Smith in 1936. In 1939 they moved to the 
present homeplace on the "Old Football Hwy.," also known as Greensboro- 
Chapel Hill Road. Claude Euliss was the previous owner of the rocky land. 
John Long operated a rock crushing business there and supplied the area 
with building materials 

Allen practiced farming his entire life. He explored many avenues to 
raise livestock: sheep, turkeys, layer hens, dairy cows, and beef cattle. He 
also grew money crops: corn, soybeans, oats, wheat, barley, and alfalfa. He 
always raised a huge garden— Allen and Belle canned, preserved or froze. 

Allen & Belle had five surviving children: Ana Merle Brooks, Ora Lou 
Ouradnik, Kermit Culberson, Kenneth Culberson, and Teresa Schrader. Allen 
has many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a few great-great 

Allen has received several honors for farming. Among them are Young 
Farmer of the Year, in his early career, and later, Conservation Farmer of the 
Year for Alamance County. Farming has always been more than just a job 
for Allen. It has been a way of life just as the Quaker faith has been more 
than just how one believes. The land and the farm, his family and friends, 
and Cane Creek Meeting have been central to his life. 

Ora Culberson and Atha C. Wright in garden at Allen 
house at Alamance Battleground Park. 

Margaret Russell and Daniel Barker Allen and family: 

Ida, Argie, Ora and Elsie. 

Made about 1910. 

Paul Culberson and Cora Lee Norman 

Dixon's Mill — painting by Yvonne C. McPherson. 







Nellie Allen Mathis shares her memories in an interview with 
Edith Mogle. 

Dixon and Company was established in 1 842 on the 
banks of Cane Creek in the village of Snow Camp. 

Dixon and Company made turbine wheels, circular 
saw mills, threshing machines, and mill and factory gears. 

In 1885 another enterprise superseded the foundry on the 
grounds below the dam which impounded water that ran down 
a race to the mill. The dam with its waterfall is still a beauty 
spot in the Southern Alamance community. 

The last user of power from the dam was a grist and feed 
mill, the Snow Camp Milling Company, which still stands by 
the bend of the creek. The tall building has been silent since 
Hugh Durham closed it in 1979. The mill was previously oper- 
ated by Charlie and Everett Durham and Harris McVey. 

The woolen mill thrived until it was destroyed by fire on 
June 12, 1912. The fire was a blow to the economy of the his- 
toric community. Although fewer than 50 men, women — and 
children — were actively employed by the factory, almost every 
family in the community was connected in some way with the 

With a ready market for wool nearby, sheep raising was a 
profitable enterprise. Since the wool had to be thoroughly 
washed before it was spun into thread, the company bought all 
the homemade lye soap that thrifty Snow Camp housewives 

could spare. Not a scrap of pork fat or a spoonful of drippings 
was thrown away. The fat was mixed with lye made in ash 
hoppers in the yards. There was lye soap for home use and 
some left over to take to the woolen mill on "Soap Day." 

Tradition says that all of the soap was brought to the mill on 
the same day, May 1 . Nellie Allen Mathis does not dispute the 
fact that there was a "Soap Day," but she says that the Dixon 
Company bought soap anytime it was brought to the woolen 
mill. The need for the strong soap was, of course, greater after 
the spring shearing and the influx of wool. Incidentally, the fac- 
tory did not operate for the entire year. When the wool was 
processed, the plant closed for a while. 

Nellie remembers the day the big loom arrived. It was an 
exciting time. Before that, only yard-wide lengths could be 
woven in the factory. The cloth was used for clothing, particu- 
larly men's trousers. Ten-thousand yards of black and white 
striped material were shipped each year to the State Prison in 
Raleigh. The Snow Camp goods were made into uniforms for 

With the big loom, seamless blankets could be turned 
out. They were a nut brown, woven cover brightened with 
stripes of red. 

Some of the Information in this article was used by permis- 
sion of the City County Magazine. 


\3cxvy\e.s Xkomas T)\xov\~ 

Lohr and Kathryn Dixon 

!^ ames Thomas Dixon, son of Peter and Mary Ellen Thomas Dixon, lived 
across the road from the Cane Creek Meeting for many years. When the 
present church was built in 1942, he had an interesting water arrangement 
with the Meeting. 

The Meeting put a water pump into Jim Dixon's well, with the under- 
standing that he would pay for the operating costs and any repairs that 
might be necessary. If he should sell the property, the Meeting would retain 
the water rights. Mr. Dixon did not want any money for the use of his well, 
only the benefit of using the pump for his own water supply. 

The water arrangement with the Dixons has long been obsolete, and 
with its passing went a tradition for the young people. It was their custom 
after an evening service to stroll across the rodd to "Mr. Jim's" for a drink 
of water. This provided an opportunity for the couples to do a little "hand 
holding" on the way to and from the well. 


Jim Dixon was married twice. His first wife was Vera McPherson. They 
had two children, James Lohr Dixon and Kathryn Dixon. 

Lohr Dixon married Vera Rowland. They had two daughters, Nancy 
and Susan. 

Kathryn married Norman Carter, a Quaker minister, and they had two 
children, David and Vera. 

The Dixon children were cousins to the Beales, McPhersons and Wrights. 

James Thomas Dixon's second wife was Anna Lois Pike. 

Anna Lois was a daughter of Clara and Curney Pike. She was active in 
4-H work, the Home Extension Club and other community activities. She 
was the treasurer of the Cane Creek Cemetery Fund for many years. Jim and 
Anna Lois were active and dedicated members of Cane Creek. 

lames T. Dixon and 2nd wife Anna Lois Pike 

~3° e Dixcm 


t^l/oseph Moore Dixon was born July 31,1 867 to Hugh W. and Flora 
Murchison Dixon, a direct descendant of the pioneer Quaker Dixons who 
settled in the Cane Creek community of Orange County (later Alamance) in 
the mid-1 700's. 

Joe's early schooling started with a walk up the hill to Sylvan Academy. 
He attended New Garden boarding school near Greensboro, transferred to 
EaHham College in Indiana, and returned for his graduate degree from New 
Garden after the school's name was changed to Guilford College. 

The educated young Quaker wanted to enter politics, but the late 1 880's 
offered little promise for Republicans in North Carolina. Joe worked in the 
Snow Camp Woolen Mill until in 1 891 he became a displaced Tarheel, 
upon an invitation to read law in his uncle's law firm in Missoula, Montana. 

At age 25 he was admitted to the bar. He began his climb up the political 
ladder when he moved from assistant Missoula county attorney by ousting 
his boss, a Democrat, and winning on the Republican ticket. In 1900 he 
purchased the local daily newspaper, the Missoulian, which helped to 
springboard him to the State legislature, Congressman-at-large from 
Montana, and into a Senate seat. He became a close friend of President 
Theodore Roosevelt and served as campaign manager for Roosevelt on the 
"Bull Moose" ticket. 

Dixon was elected Governor of Montana, 1921-1 925, and was President 
Herbert Hoover's assistant Secretary of Interior from 1929 to 1933. He 
died in 1934 and was buried in the Missoula cemetery in his adopted state 
of Montana. 

Hugh Dixon 

Caroline Worden Dixon, 
wife of |oe Dixon 


When Hugh Dixon built this house in 1858, in Southern Alamance 
County, N.C., it was a forerunner of its time with a skylight over the 
central room. 

Dixon residence in Missoula 
312 East Pine Street 




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Homeplace of Thomas C. and Eleanor 
Albright Dixon. 

(JLthis family narrative is based on the words ot Thomas C. Dixon as 
recorded in January 1887. 

The first generation of Dixons came to Pennsylvania during its coloniza- 
tion under the auspices of William Penn. They migrated to the colony from 
the Dixon home place in Liverpool, England. 

Thomas Dixon settled in the county of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After a 
few years he died of smallpox. He left his widow, Hannah, with three small 
children: Simon, Rebecca and Ruth. 

Soon after the death of Thomas, his son, Simon, came south looking 
for a better climate and land. In the spring of 1 749 he unloaded his wagon 
on the north bank of Cane Creek in what was then Orange County in the 
Province of Carolina. Life was hard and lonely in this new land. He did not 
remain long in the new country but returned to Pennsylvania. However, in 
the spring of 1 751 he returned to the Cane Creek land and this time he 
intended to stay. He brought with him his mother and two sisters as well as 
his wile, Elizabeth. They were married at New Garden Meeting in PA, 
November 8, 1752. 

Simon prospered. In 1 753 he built a grist mill which stood until the 
1940s. Near the mill he built a large stone house. The flooring and doors 
were split out of logs three or four inches thick. Simon and his family lived 
well for the time in which he lived. Over a period of years he accumulated 
a good deal of property. 

"The country up and down Cane Creek was filling fast with 
emigrants, mostly from Pennsylvania whose needs demanded 
goods other than the settlers could make and or produce, which 
prompted Simon Dixon to put up a store, making two trips 
annually (spring and fall) with wagons to Philadelphia for goods, 
which he sold above cost and carriage, judging from entries 
found in his old store book; for instance, calico sold for 60 to 
75 cents per yard." 
Despite the fact that Simon was a charter member of Cane Creek 
Meeting and embraced its pacifist teachings, he did allow his brother-in-law, 
Herman Husbands, to distribute pamphlets condemning the government of 

the King and espousing the cause of the Regulators. Simon suffered reversals 
of fortune. Robbers plundered his house and took various things for their 
own use. He was also pinched with hot tongs to make him tell where his 
money was kept. 

After the Revolutionary War battle of Guilford Courthouse, British sol- 
diers camped near the mill and used Simon's house for their headquarters. 
Simon left home during that time for his own safety. He died a few weeks 
after the departure of the soldiers from "camp fever." 

He left eight children: Thomas, John, Naomi, Jesse, Simon, Solomon, 
Benjamine and Elizabeth. Under the British law of primogeniture his oldest 
son, Thomas, inherited Simon's entire estate. Thomas proved to be a fair 
and unselfish heir, for in time he divided the estate equally between himself 
and his brothers and purchased land to give to Elizabeth. The children of 
Simon prospered and did well in their various occupations. Thomas became 
a silversmith and clock maker, John was a farmer and herdsman, Simon 
became the miller, Benjamine was a fuller and farmer, Solomon was also a 
fuller and did business for his neighbors such as writing deeds, wills, etc. 
Jesse died in 1 781 from camp fever. Naomi never married. Elizabeth mar- 
ried John Stuart and had eight children. 

"to their great credit, they |Dixons] have been in the main 
God-fearing and law abiding citizens, not in five generations 
were there ever one imprisoned, no paupers, drunkards, or bank- 
rupts. While none could be called rich, all have lived on their 
own land, made respectable and good estates. In education, 
they have kept pace with the age in which they lived. They had 
various trades and vocations such as farmers, millwrights, silver- 
smiths, merchants, fullers, tanners, masons, foundry man, car- 
penters, school teachers, surveyors, etc. Some have remained 
members of the Quaker church, while some have quit the faith 
of their fathers." 
The same could be said of the generations which followed. There would 
be lawyers, politicians, governors, doctors, farmers, machinists, merchants, 
etc. And they, too, may or may not be Quakers. 

Peter Dixon, lames Dixon's father. 

Mrs. Gurney Dixon 

Zeno and Mary Dixon 






Solomon and Rebecca Branson Dixon 
about 1900; died T904. 

rite A Day with 

3-4* n Friday, Feb. 26(h, a tew friends of Solomon Dixon and his wile met 
at their hospitable home to spend the snowy day, and celebrate with them 
the 84th birthday ot Mr, Dixon. He is one of the old landmarks in our sec- 
tion of the country, and is what we might call a connecting link between the 
present and the past- He knew in his younger days, people who lived here 
during the stormy days of the Revolutionary War, and as his memory is 
remarkably good, it is very interesting to hear him talk about these matters. 

Mr. Dixon was the best millwright and mechanic that our section has 
ever produced, and we have given the country more men of this class than 
any other section of North Carolina, many of whom are today occupying 
positions of the very highest honor. 

Forty years ago his reputation was statewide, and many great factory 
buildings, bridges and mill dams yet stand as monuments to his wonderful 
abilities as a framer. He was superintendent of wood construction when the 
North Carolina Railroad was built, and built the first railroad bridge across 
Haw River at the Granite cotton mills; also the mill-dam at that place. The 
self-supporting roof on the old railroad shops at Burlington is also one of his 
masterpieces of work, a construction that has perhaps never been excelled 
by any man in North Carolina. Among hundreds of other like big buildings 
which he constructed, I would name Randleman cotton Mills, Naomi cotton 
mills, Worthville cotton mills, and Central Falls cotton mills, all in Randolph 
County, and J.M. Mclver, a large roller mill in Chatham County, and many 
others which I might mention. 

Solomon Dixon 

He also invented a number of turbine water-wheels, grain threshers, mill 
machinery, saw mills, etc. It is also a fact, not well known, that Mr. Dixon's 
father invented, improved and built the first fan bellows in the world, which 
would have been worth a fortune to him if he had had it patented. Some of 
the late inventions, especially in electricity, seem wonderful to him, and yet 
he is prepared to accept them as established facts. 

He is still very progressive in his ideas, and unlike some old men, will 
always endorse a new project of any kind, if it seems to have merit. No one 
ever heard him object to a suggested improvement over the old way of 
doing a thing until he had investigated the proposition and seen that there 
was nothing in it. 

He has always been one of our most liberal men in all matters that per- 
tain to the public good, especially in his support of schools and the church. 

Mr. Dixon has been a great friend to the young men who grew up 
around him and has given many of them a start on the road to success in 
life. They are now grayheaded and still have a warm spot in their hearts for 
this good old man. After enjoying a delightful dinner, which his good wife 
knows so well how to prepare, and then spending a few hours more in 
social conversation with this aged couple, we turned our faces homeward 
with the earnest desire that we may be allowed the pleasure of many birth- 
day visits to Solomon Dixon. 

One of His Friends 

Snow Camp, Feb. 26, 1904 

Solomon Dixon 

(An extract from the remarks made by Daniel Albright Long, at the funeral 
services of Solomon Dixon in the Friends Church, at Cane Creek, Snow 
Camp, Alamance County, North Carolina, June 18, 1904.) 

When I was a small boy, I first saw Solomon Dixon while he was super- 
intending the erection of the first railroad bridge across Haw River. As the 
bridge was about two miles from my home, I went to see the wonderful 
bridge many times before it was ready for the cars to pass over, tt was a 
great object lesson for me. I propounded many questions to him about that 
bridge. His kind and patient replies won my heart. I regarded him as a great 
and good man. When I became a man and put childish things away, I never 
ceased to love Solomon Dixon and regard him as a great and good man. 
When railroads were first started in North Carolina it was predicted that 
there was not a man in North Carolina who could build a railroad bridge, 
but this man from the hills of Alamance, with wise head and skillful hands, 
solved the problem. No train, however ponderous, ever crushed one of 
Solomon Dixon's bridges. 

On his bed of death, he spoke to his wife and friends of that bridge, 
and of the interest which Dan Long took in himself and the bridge. And 
when my brother William remarked to me yesterday, "Brother Dan, there is 

a messenger after you to conduct the funeral services of Solomon Dixon," 
the first thing that flashed into my mind was the bridge at Haw River. Once 
more I saw the carpenters in shirtsleeves, the hammers and saws were ring- 
ing in my ears once more. In imagination I could see him quietly inspecting 
every piece of timber. 

Solomon Dixon was a man of generous and unselfish spirit, of a kind 
and affectionate disposition. He was singularly modest, while so strong in 
convictions and in will. In his deportment he as always discreet. In all the 
important undertakings of his life he consulted his good wife, and he was 
greatly beloved by his neighbors and fellow laborers. 

Few great men and women are to be found in this world's history 
who did not have many brothers or sisters. The parents of Solomon Dixon 
had the following seven sons and four daughters: lohn, Cable, Thomas, 
Solomon, David, Joshua and Jonathan; daughters, Patience, Ruth, Abagil, 
and Sarah. Today we bury the mortal remains of the last member of this 
remarkable family, who gently fell on sleep yesterday in the 85th year of 
his age. He leaves a wife, three daughters, thirteen grandchildren and great- 
grandchildren. His only son died young. 

Mill built by Solomon Dixon at Gulf, NC. 

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Charlie and Lena Durham 
soon after they were married — July 27, 1910. 


£jj|!£amuel Durham came from Durham, England lo Baltimore around 
1 722. Many of his descendants lived in the Durham and Chapel Hill areas 
of North Carolina. Samuel had three sons. Samuel's son, |ohn Durham, 
married Elizabeth Edwards. Their son, Harrison (b. 1818), was raised near 
Chapel Hill. John was a mechanic and part owner of Fairmont Foundry 
in Snow Camp, North Carolina. He was a cabinetmaker known as 
"Squire Durham." 

Harrison Durham married three times. His first marriage was to Matilda 
Allen, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Stout Allen. They had live children 
including David Hugh Durham, who was born in 1 848. His second mar- 
riage was to his first wife's sister, Etta |ane Allen, and his third marriage was 
to Elizabeth Branson Moffitt, sister of Rebecca Branson Dixon, wife 
of Solomon Dixon. 

David Hugh Durham, born March 11, 1848, married Ruth Ellen 
Stuart, who was the daughter of Job Stuart and Sophia Lowe. David 
worked as a blacksmith by trade and lived in the Cane Creek com- 
munity all of his life. David Durham's blacksmith shop stood near 
the Snow Camp Woolen Mill on the Snow Camp-Siler City Road. 
He never minded children watching him work. However, if a horse 
had to be shod, he made the children keep away. David Durham 
often was the first person travelers coming to Snow camp would 
see. They often would ask, "Can you tell me where Snow Camp is?" 
Mr. Durham would reply with a chuckle, "I say, you are in the heart 
of it right now." To his family nine children were born: Oscar, Josie, 
Logan, Clifford, Everette, Charlie, Albert, Willie (died at age one), 
and Hardy. 

David's son, Charlie, married Lena McVey in 1910. The couple 
lived their entire lives in the Cane Creek community and were faith- 
ful members of the Cane Creek Friends Meeting. Charlie was a 
rather quiet, reserved man who enjoyed singing in the choir. Lena 
served as Clerk and Recording Clerk of Ministry and Counsel, 
Recording Clerk of Monthly Meeting and as a Sunday School 
teacher for many years. Charlie was a miller, Lena a homemaker. 
To this couple four children were born: Mildred, Mary Ruth, Fanny 

Belle and Buck. Their family went to Christian Endeavor, held on Sunday 
nights at the Meetinghouse for years. 

As part owner of the Snow Camp Milling Company, Charlie would, on 
Sundays, take his family to the Meeting for Christian Endeavors in the "mill 
truck." On the way to church, he would pick up neighbors' children and 
very often the truck would be full when they arrived at the Friends Meeting. 
During Christian Endeavors, all ages met together. Leaders were appointed 
in advance for each Sunday night and that particular leader would pass out 
questions or statements that would be discussed. During that time hymns 
would also be sung. 

Left to Right: Fanny B 

• Durham, Mary Ruth Durham Perry, Buck Durham 
and Mildred D. Wagoner 


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JJ/oseph Fleet Greene was born September 15, 1894, and died April 5, 
1982. He married Mabel llene McPherson, born August 15, 1897, and died 
July 26, 1964. They had one child, a daughter, JoFleel, who married Millard 
Braxton Gibson. 

Fleet's grandfather and family, including Fleet's lather, Joseph Lincoln 
Greene, migrated to the Snow Camp area from Pennsylvania. They stayed a 
relatively short time at Snow Camp, then moved on to Indiana. Fleet's father 
was the exception. He remained at Snow Camp and married Phila Miller. 
They had three children, Lorraine Greene Griffin, Joseph Fleet Greene, and 
Callie Greene Hanford. 

Mabel was the daughter of Alson and Josephine "Fine" Vestal 
McPherson. Their ancestors had lived in what is now Alamance County 
for several years prior to the Civil War. Fleet and Mabel lived at the Alston 
McPherson homeplace, located near 7773 Beale Road. 

Joseph Fleet Greene, Mabel McPherson Greene 
and JoFleet Greene, 1941. 

Fleet attended Cane Creek Friends Meeting all of his life. His wife joined 
the Meeting after their marriage. Some of their contemporaries in the meet- 
ing were George Beale, Nathan Wright, Jim Dixon, Lorraine Griffin (sister), 
Lyndon Stuart and Claude Coble. Fleet was not known as a "pillar of the 
church," but thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with the members and 
people of the surrounding area. 

He was a lifetime employee of Burlington Coffin Company, decorating 
the interiors of coffins. 

Many people today, with a smile, remember him as a "teller of tall tales." 

He was an enthusiastic fisherman. He fished for fish, while sister 
Lorraine, being very religious, fished for "men's souls." Since Fleet did 
believe in our Lord, mingled with all types of people, and had a forgiving 
heart, he may have caught a "soul" or two. Who knows? 

Tall Tales Told by Fleet Greene as remembered by Ross Stephens 

/( was said that he came home from 
work one day and a black snake 
was crossing his yard. He went in 
the house, took one of Mable's old 
pocketbooks, put the snake inside it 
and laid the purse in the road. A car 
soon went by, stopped and returned 
to pick up the pocketbook. A little 
farther down the road the car 
screeched to a halt. It looked like it 
exploded with every one jumping 
out at once. 

One day he went to the store. 
Someone said, "Come on in and 
tell us a big lie before you leave. " 
He said, "I can't. There was a big 
accident in front of my house so I 
have to go see what happened. " 
Two or three followed him home, 
and, of course, there was no acci- 
dent. When asked where the acci- 
dent was he simply said, "You 
wanted a big lie!" 


Tleet owned an old 'possum hunting 
dog which had gotten down with 
rheumatism. He put him in a wheel- 
barrow and rolled him around in the 
woods one night. Thinks he got 
about five that night. 

One night while 'possum hunting, 
the dog had treed one. Well, there 
was this grapevine hanging on the 
tree so Fleet decided to climb it 
instead. He got halfway up and 
realized it was the tail! 

Fleet used to cut hair at the Central 
Phone Office. Lyndon Stuart came in 
for a cut. He asked how much he 
owed him. Fleet replied he did not 
know, he had never cut by the acre 

Joseph Fleet Greene 

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Sealed: Pearl Griffin, Paul Griffin; Left to Right: 

Jim Griffin, Edith Griffin Moon, Clifton Griffin, 

Blake Griffin and Edna Mae Griffin Euliss. 

^7 earl Victoria Braxton and Clifton Cletus Griffin were married March 16, 
1910. During their almost fifteen years of marriage they attended Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting. They had seven children, James William, Paul 
Cameron, Joseph Kelsey, John Blake, Edith Victoria, Clifton and Edna Mae 
Griffin. Clifton Cletus Griffin died on January 3, 1925 at the early age of 35. 
Pearl was left to raise seven children. With the help of the Meeting and 
community, she made it through some tough times. She watched her family 
grow along with her faith. She demonstrated this faith by donating a parcel 
of her land to the Meeting. This land was where the Meeting's first parson- 
age was built. 

All the children grew up to marry and have children of their own. 
lames William Griffin married Joy Belle Roberson and had two children. 
Paul Cameron Griffin married Daphne Richardson and had four children. 

Joseph Kelsey Griffin married Mildred Durham and had one child. John 
Blake Griffin married Sarah McPherson and had four children. Edith Victoria 
Griffin married Samuel Lewis Moon and had three children. Clifton Griffin 
married Florence Wood and had two children. Edna Mae Griffin married 
Max Euliss and had two children. 

After marriage many of the children attended Cane Creek and joined 
the Meeting. Today the only living child of Pearl and Clifton, Edna Mae 
Euliss, still attends Meeting on a regular basis along with sister-in-law, Sarah 
Griffin, and some grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This shows that 
the love of a mother and grandmother for her Meeting and community still 
lives on. 

Pearl Griffin and her daughter-in-laws and son-in-laws: 
Pearl seated; Left to Right: |oy, Daphne, Sara, Sam Moon, Max Euliss and Florence. 


"(Sd and Lorraine C^HffiiV 



Seated: John Griffin, Sylvinia Griffin, 
|ohn holds Ed Griffin, Sylvinia holds Clyde; 
Standing Left to Right: Charles Griffin, 
Bertha Griffin Fowler Stewart, Carl Griffin, 
Nettie Griffin Hall, Mary Griffin. 

Memories of Ed and Lorraine Griffin from the Hearts of Their Children 

^«|*e, the children of Ed and Lorraine Griffin, are proud to say we had such 
wonderful Christian parents. They were both born and raised in the Snow 
Camp community and united in marriage through a beautiful Quaker 
ceremony at Cane Creek Friends Meeting. 

They had four children: Kent Griffin (deceased), Bertha McBane, Ada 
Lee Teague Thompson (deceased) and Clara Stephens. There are 12 grand- 
children and 25 great-grandchildren. 

As children, the first thing we learned from our parents was we must 
attend church every Sunday, both Sunday School and Worship Service. We 
remember usually being the first ones through the doors. 

There are so many memories we would like to share, but can only name 
a few: a very strong memory of mother's beautiful prayers and testimonies at 

most worship services; their home was always open to all visiting preachers, 
visitors and friends; the extra large wicker basket filled with fried chicken, 
pies, cakes, etc. prepared with love for church gatherings; daddy's melodic 
voice heard in the church's male quartet. 

Mother and daddy were always there for the school and community 
projects. They both were instrumental in founding "Sword of Peace." Their 
grandchildren were their pride and joy. Their love went beyond their own 
children and embraced the hearts of five orphans whom they also raised in 
their home. 

Mother and daddy's lives were centered around their children, church 
and community. We were so blessed to have a loving home with so many 
wonderful memories that will never be forgotten." 

Left to Right: Kent Griffin, Bertha Griffin McBane, Ada Lee Griffin Teague 
Thompson, Lorraine Miller Griffin, Clara lean Griffin Stephens, Ed Griffin. 

Ed and Lorraine Griffin. 


A class at Sylvan High School before the move to the new building. 

Quakers have always been leaders in education. Subscription schools were formed as early as the late 1700s. A monthly meeting school 
was held in 1832. After the Civil War, Cane Creek Meeting organized "Sylvan in the Grove Academy." It was located west of the meeting- 
house. The academy was the predecessor of Sylvan High School. 

Isaac and lane Allen Hammer endowed the school with a sizable gift of property, a 640-acre farm in Kansas. This endowment made a 
new school building possible. At that time the school was moved to Flint Hill, which was across Cane Creek about one half mile from the 
meeting house. The school still benefits from the Hammer Memorial Endowment fund, which is administered locally by a group of trustees. 

Eugene Teague, chairman 

of the local school board 

for many years, and 

Octavia Hockett Teague, 

a teacher in the Sylvan 

Academy, and also in the 

new Sylvan. Three of 

Octavia Hockett Teague's 

former students are still 

living as this book goes 

to press: Eugene 

Whitehead, George Allen 

and Sadie Newlin Davis. 





The new school built on Flint Hil 


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ZJbl was the custom during the 1920s and 1930s to supply 
housing for teachers who taught in schools away from their 
homes. Sylvan provided such housing and it was locally known 
as "The Teacherage." 

Dorothy Teague Pollett tells about the night the teacherage 
burned. Dorothy is the only child of Eugene and Octavia 
Hockett Teague. Currently she is a resident of Friends Homes 
at Guilford. She was instrumental in securing the Hutchison 
Genealogy Records for the Quaker collection at Guilford 

"The night the teacherage burned there was a big snow. I'd 
not missed any school so Dad saddled Daisy and off I went. (In 
fact, I only missed one day in eleven years.) When I reached 
the school, Mr. Ferguson had to help me down from the horse 
and into the school to thaw out — only one other person had 
walked. Phoebe Lindley, Vestal Ferguson, her sister, and I had 
a good time playing all day. Dad came in the late evening, 
bringing me a horse to ride home with him, and I begged to 

stay, but he said no. And I am ever so glad, or I would have 
been in the fire, too. 

The fire was in the middle of the night. I happened to wake 
up and see the blazes and called Dad. He quickly got dressed 
and off he went to the fire. A little wood heater was used in 
each room and the metal was very thin. At times a student 
would go down and start the fire so the room would be warm 
when the teacher got in. One of the stoves overheated and 
caused the fire. 

When the fire was discovered, Miss Lindley threw her 
crutches down the stairs and then she rolled down them. 
Miss Clark and Miss Hudson jumped off the porch roof and 
one of them broke her leg. One of the other teachers tried to 
jump out a window but another teacher stopped her." 

The teacherage was a total loss. Fortunately no one lost their 
life. Before many months passed a new building was begun. This 
time it was made of brick and was made as fireproof as possible. 

The Sylvan Teacherage — 1931 


JJohn ^Hffitt 

John Griffin and mail wagon 

fjyhe Griffin family is of English and Scotch-Irish descent. Most likely, the 
first Griffins emigrated to this country, along with many others from England 
and Ireland, into Pennsylvania, across Virginia and into the Carolinas. 

The beginning of the family in this area can only be traced back to 
"Granny Polly." Her story begins in Orange County, North Carolina in the 
early 1800s. James Griffin and Mary "Polly" Fowler were married in 1823. 
They had four children: Rebecca, Henderson, Betsy and lames. All of the 
Griffins in the Snow Camp area trace their lineage through James. 

Granny Polly moved to a farm located about one mile due east of 
Sylvan School. She was a widow at that time and responsible for her four 
children. She may have come to the area seeking employment in the Cane 
Creek Factory which was located very near her home. 

The family was soon divided. Rebecca married an Edwards and they 
moved to Indiana. Henderson got into some trouble and fled to Tennessee 
and was never heard from again. Betsy married a Ringstaff and lived in 
Randleman, North Carolina. The youngest son, James, took over the farm 
and cared for Granny Polly until her death in 1880. The burial places for 
Granny Polly and her husband, lames, are unknown. 

lames Griffin married Nancy Pickard on February 6. 1843. She was the 
daughter of Daniel and Margaret O'Daniel Pickard. They had nine children: 
William, Martha Jane, Margaret, Rebecca, John, lames M. (Jim), Mary (Doll), 
Nancy (Nan) and Sebrun Hatch (Dock). 

James Griffin's second wife was Nancy Moon. They had three children: 
Allen, Blaine, and Margaret (Magg). Census records reveal that James Griffin 
was a farmer, mechanic, and machinist. He became a partner in the 
Fairmount Foundry which stood near his home. 

John Charles Griffin was born in 1857 to James and Nancy Pickard 
Griffin. He married Sylvinia Davidson, the daughter of Calvin and Margaret 
Workman Davidson. They settled on a farm near his father in Snow Camp. 
They had ten children, three of whom died in childhood. The children who 
attained adulthood were: Nettie, Bertha, Carl, Ed, Clyde and Charlie. 

John had moved to Burlington where he operated a store for several 
years. After his second marriage to Trinnie Stuart Griffin, John returned to 
Snow Camp where he became an influential member of the community. He 
taught school, served on the School Board, and was a member of Cane 

Creek Friends Meeting. He also carried the mail for twenty-five years. There 
were seven children of the second marriage: Annie, Tom, Wilma, Kenneth, 
Howard, John and Ted. 

Visitors were a way of life for a large family such as the Griffins. Wilma 
Griffin often spoke of the time when her older brothers and sisters and their 
families would come and spend a week or more on the farm. One Christmas 
Eve, there were twenty-five people to spend the night and the following day. 
What a wonderful time they must have had. 

It was on such an occasion that the photograph of the Griffin family was 
taken. John Charles Griffin (last figure on the right) stands on the porch of 
the family home, with his prolific family. Most families then, as now, wanted 
a photograph of the entire family for posterity. 

Members of the Griffin family: Front row — left to right: Lawrence 
Fowler, Anna Griffin, Jim Fowler, Tom Griffin, Henry Hall, Wilma Griffin, 
Kenneth Griffin, Finley Stuart, Howard Griffin, James Hall, John Griffin and 
Clara Hall. Back row — left to right: Ed Griffin, Luther Stuart, Bertha Griffin 
Stuart, Nettie Griffin Hall, William Hall, Clyde Griffin, Fannie Burkhead 
Griffin, Carl Griffin and Charles Griffin. Persons on the porch — seated: Alice 
Johnson; standing: Pmkney P. Thompson, Trinnie Griffin, (Baby) Ted Griffin 
and John Charles Griffin. 


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Grandma Nancy Griffin 

Seated — Left to Right: Rebecca Griffin Staley, Nancy Griffin Fowler, Mary Griffin Perry 
Standing— Left to Right: Sebrun Hatch (Dock) Griffin, Allen Griffin, |im Griffin 

Nettie Griffin Hall, oldest child of 
John Griffin. 

~Dsaa<z and jane. "H I am me* 

1 jammer 

i^l/ane Allen Hammer is one of Sylvan School's most renowned graduates. 
A more opportune time could not have come for the assistance offered by 
Jane Allen Hammer. She and husband Isaac Hammer established a trust 
fund for the school through the donation of money and 640 acres of land 
adjoining their farm in Bucklm, Kansas. This endowment was made on the 
stipulation that the community erect a new educational facility. 

Cane Creek residents wasted no time in doing just that. They established 
precedence by enacting a special tax upon themselves to fund construction 
costs. This amount equalled approximately $130 per family over a twenty- 
year period. 

Allen-Hammer Trustees purchased ninety acres of land from Cicero 
Dixon in 1912. The new building would rise atop Flint Hill, about a quarter 
of a mile from the old Sylvan Academy. The carpenters who erected the 
structure were members of the Cane Creek community, and the brick they 
used was mined and fired from their own native Snow Camp soil. 

Left: Isaac and Jane Allen Hammer 
Right: Nathan and Lydia Allen Stuart 

Unfortunately, Jane Allen Hammer never saw the realization of her 
dream. She died before the new building was complete. Although it was the 
early intent of the citizenry to name the new school in memory of her, that 
objective never materialized. However, to this day Jane Hammer's imprint 
upon the history of Sylvan is evident. The Allen-Hammer Board remains 
active in the academic affairs of Sylvan School today. 

- Taken from City-County Magazine Sept. 1993 

We take this method to inform you of the proposed Hammer 
Memorial School of Snow Camp, Alamance County, North Carolina, 
which will take the place of Sylvan Academy. 

Isaac Hammer of Bucklin, Kansas, in honor of his late wife, lane 
Allen Hammer, has given to this School a permanent endowment 
fund consisting of 640 acres of farm land near his home, valued at 
$30,000. This fund becomes available on condition that the people 
of the community procure a good site and erect a School Building 
during the present year. 

The Trustees of the Hammer Memorial Fund have purchased 
90 acres of farm land ad/oining the selected building site, and are 
erecting a brick building to cost six or seven thousand dollars. 

The School will be conducted with Agricultural and Domestic 
Science Departments, in addition to the usual Elementary and High 
School courses. 

We feel that you are interested in helping us to secure this dona- 
tion to our community, and we would be glad to receive at an early 
date a subscription from you as large as you feel able to give to the 
Building Fund. 

Contributions and Subscriptions should be sent to the Secretary 
or to the Treasurer of the Building Committee. 

Very cordially yours, 
T. Henry Hornaday, Chairman 
I.C. Griffin, Treasurer W. Patterson Stout, Secretary 

Elizabeth Jane Allen— 9 Sep 1850-27 Aug 1911 
Husband Isaac Hammer 

Lived in Bucklin, KS 


"William D. Henley 


Jim Henley, Flora Henley and John 
Henley dressed for Bicentennial. 

(aapilliam D. Henley was born 5th month, 1 5th, 1 831, in New Salem, 
Randolph County, N.C. He was one of a family of 9 children. 

After attending local and neighboring schools, he attended school at 
Chapel Hill where he studied higher mathematics and physics, which was 
very advantageous to him in later life. 

William Henley was united in marriage with Mary Woody Dixon, 1st 
month, 1 8th, 1 863. To this union was born 5 sons and 2 daughters that 
lived to maturity. 

In the early 1 860's he organized the Fairmount Foundry Co. in the 
community of Snow Camp, North Carolina. This company did its share in 
reconstruction of this part of N.C. after the Civil War, by building numerous 
articles of farm machinery, household equipment, etc. 

In his chosen vocation of mill wright and foundry-man he built a num- 
ber of mills along the creeks and rivers of North Carolina, notably the Haw, 
Trent, and Tar rivers. 

His most outstanding achievement along his chosen line was the inven- 
tion of a turbine water wheel, for which he was granted a patent. The main 
principle of this water wheel is now incorporated in the turbine that drives 
the large hydro-electric plants of our nation today. 

Perhaps the highest goal in the life of William Henley was the moral and 
spiritual development of himself, his neighbors, and the world. He was an 
earnest worker in the Sabbath School for more than 40 years. He occupied 
the position of Superintendent and also teacher in the Bible School. 

He was much interested in education and endeavored to educate his 
children to the best of his ability. He believed in Temperance, and associat- 
ed himself with the "Good Templars," and Pleasant Hill Temperance society, 
and labored for and with these organizations in the programs which they 
stood for. 

William Henley died 7th month, 26th, 1910, in his 80th year. 
This is reproduced from a biography of William Henley, handwritten by his 
daughter-in-law, Flora Stout Henley. 

Jim Henley, John Henley, Flora Stout Henley, William (Bill) Henley 

Jim Henley and Flora Stout Henley 





First Row — Left to Right: Mark Primm, Kathy Griffin, Fuzzy Wuzzy (dog), Rob Holman, Dana . 

Second Row — Left to Right: Ann McCanless, Caroline Primm, Lela Holman, Bertha Holman Moore, 

Lizzie Holman, Charlotte Griffin, Mrs. Lee; 

Third Row — Left to Right: W.L. McCanless, Dorothy Ousey, Harry Ousey, Sara Primm, Al Primm, |oe Griffin. 

, Jy he Holman Family came to the Snow Camp area about I 890. Will 

Holman and his brother inherited the Cane Creek Cotton Mill 

from their uncle, a Mister Williard from Massachusetts. Williard had bought 
out the factory stockholders some years earlier. 

Originally, about one thousand people in and around the Snow Camp 
area had banded together and built a dam across the Cane Creek, bought 
four acres of land from Peter Stout, and arranged tor the brick to be made 
for the building. It was operated by the stockholders until about 1 885. A few 
mill houses for workers were built near the factory. 

The Holman brothers closed the mill in Snow Camp for a few years and 
used parts of the machinery to repair a mill in Orange County which they 
had also inherited. However, in 1909 lohn Holman rented the building and 
put in ten knitting machines. This endeavor was not very successful and by 
1912 the mill closed once again. 

When Will Holman died, his sons Robert, Lewis, and Sidney inherited 
the mill. Robert operated a flour mill there from 1920 until 1937. He also 
owned and operated a general merchandise store and post office combined. 

Robert married Lela Thompson and they had 4 children: Robert, 
Dorothy, Charlotte, and Sara. Dorothy married Harry Ousey. Charlotte 
married Joe Griffin and they had 1 child, Cathy. Sara married Al Primm and 
they had 2 children, Caroline and Mark. The Primms were very involved in 
the community and school. Mr. Primm was the principal at Sylvan School 
for many years. Sara taught al the school, sharing her love of the Snow 
Camp area with her students. 

Al and Sara Primm were members of Cane Creek Meeting as long as 
they remained in the area. They taught Sunday School, served on various 
committees, and supported all the meeting's activities. 













Holman's Mill from a painting by Fern Cooper. 

"Bea and Lewis hornaday 

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Solomon Dixon's home stood across the road from the Snow Camp Fire Department. 
Lewis and Sarah Hornaday lived here. 

tjl/he progenitor of the local Hornadays, and it appears likely 
of every Hornaday in the United States, arrived in this area 
about the time Cane Creek Meeting and Orange County were 
being established. Many hours spent in travel and research 
have led no closer to his origins than a story prevalent in all 
branches of the family, that when he was coming to the New 
World, inclement weather had lengthened the voyage and 
caused a shortage of food and water. John was called upon to 
ration the supplies and gave each passenger a horn of water 
daily. The people started saying, "Here comes horn-a-day," and 
the name stuck after they reached the colonies. There is no 
record of )ohn Hornaday ever having any Quaker connection 
and most of his children, feeling the call of greener pastures, 
moved on to the new lands in the West. One, Lewis, was 
attracted somewhat late in life to the Quaker Meeting and 
joined Cane Creek with his wife Rebecca Pike, and thus began 
an association with the Quakers. After the death of his first 
wife, he met and married an Irish immigrant to Cane Creek, 
Dinah Biddick. 

Like his father's family, most of Lewis' family felt the call of 
the Western lands, but his youngest son, Lewis, set up a general 
store between Cane Creek and Pleasant Hill and married a girl, 
Sarah Vestal, from the Pleasant Hill community. The younger 
Lewis' family proved no exception to the lure of Western lands. 
But one of them, Henry, decided a Dixon girl he had met at 

Cane Creek was more attractive than the new lands and 
returned to North Carolina where he married Sarah Dixon, a 
daughter of Solomon Dixon. Henry became an agent for the 
North Carolina Railroad and he and Sarah left the Snow Camp 
community to go to whatever place the railroad required 
Henry's services. The death of his father and the increasing 
frailty of his mother was later compounded by the death of 
Sarah's father and it became evident that the couple needed to 
return to Snow Camp and look after their mothers. Henry took 
a job managing the woolen mill that was being set up there 
and later opened a general store near the present Snow Camp 
Fire Station. He and Sarah took part in both the civic and reli- 
gious life of the community. In order to ease the task of caring 
for both their parents, Henry and Sarah moved into Solomon 
Dixon's home and built a house nearby for Henry's mother. 
Henry said that no house was big enough for two women. 

After the death of both Sarah's and Henry's mothers, there 
were other fields which Henry wished to explore. Since they 
did not feel duty bound to refrain from so doing, they moved 
to Liberty, where Henry opened a wholesale grocery. Thus, an 
association with Cane Creek Meeting and the Snow Camp 
community, begun about a century before, was brought to a 
close. It was, however, not a total closure, as the ties of kinship 
and friendship have endured to this day. 


Will and Lucy Kimball 


7^^ ill and Lucy Kimball were staunch supporters of Cane Creek Meeting as 
long as they lived. They lived in the Governor Joe Dixon house about a mile 
south of the meeting house, just across Cane Creek. 

Attendance at Sunday School and Meeting was a way of life for the 
Kimball family. Through the years. Will Kimball and his four daughters — 
Georgia, Rachel, Sarah and Edith — acquired quite a record for perfect atten- 
dance at Cane Creek Sunday School. Sarah had perfect attendance lor 
thirty-eight years and six months. This record has never been matched at 
Cane Creek. The other sisters had good perlect-attendance records as well. 

Will Kimball was the son ol John and Phoebe Boggs Kimball. Lucy 
Thompson Kimball was the daughter of Elwood and Sarah Stagg Thompson. 
Will and Lucy were married on June 30, 1914. They had eight children: 
Herbert, Cortez, Kyle, Ruth, Sarah, Edith, Rachel and Georgia. Tragedy 

tlwood and Sarah Stagg Thompson, the parents of Lucy 
Thompson Kimball. Sarah Thompson was an Elder of 
Cane Creek Friends Meeting for years and sat at the 
head of the meeting several times. 

struck the Kimball family in 1932 when Herbert and Cortez died within two 
months of each other. 

Will Kimball was a farmer and a logger. One of his hobbies was 
"possum" hunting. Sometimes he would carry his daughters' friends on a 
"possum" hunt through the woods and over the creeks near his home. Later 
in life he was unable to actively chase the "possum," but he would sit in his 
truck and listen as the dogs chased — 
and hopefully treed — the "possums." 

Lucy Kimball was a member of the 
first graduating class at Sylvan School 
in 1910. Most of her life was spent in 
caring for her husband and family. 
She epitomized the woman described 
in Proverbs 31 :27: "She watches over 
the affairs of her household and does 
not eat of the bread of idleness." 

|ohn Kimball and Phoebe Boggs Kimball, parents 
of Will Kimball. 


Will and Lucy Kimball with son 
Herbert, who died Sept. 18, 1932. 

William Kimball and Lucy Thompson 

Kimball, when they were married the 

30th day of June, 1914. 

Kyle, Ruth, Cortez, Sarah and Edith 
Kimball, children of Will and Lucy 
Kimball. Cortez died Nov. 20, 1932, 

Edith Kimball Lineberry wearing 

her mother Lucy Kimball's wedding 

dress on a 4th of July. 




William Marshall— 1724-1803 
5th Great-Grandfather of the writer 


<i J^his story of William and his brother John starts with the marriage of 

their parents Jacob Marshall and Ann Griffith on, September 19, 1718, both 

of Grange, Ireland, near Charlemont, at the Friends Grange Meeting. 

The Marshall family probably sailed from Ireland in 1729, along with 
Ann's father and brother and an apprentice named Solomon Shepard. )acob 
evidently died enroute or shortly after arrival. Ann, listing herself as a 
widow, also died in 1 729, leaving the two orphaned boys, William, age 4, 
and John, age 8. Ann's will requested she be buried at the New Garden 
Friends burial grounds in Pennsylvania. 

William was placed under the care of Simon Hadley, a member of the 
same Meeting, who owned 1 ,000 acres near Hockessin, DE. 

William married Rebecca Dixon on the 26th of May, 1 746, at the 
Friends Hockessin Meeting. )ohn married Ruth Hadley. Rebecca and Ruth 
were 1st cousins. William and Rebecca moved to Augusta Count, Virginia, 
where their first three children, Hanna, John, and Thomas, were born. It is 
probable that John and Ruth made this journey with them. In 1 752, William, 
Rebecca and children moved lo Cane Creek where they spent the rest of 
their lives. They evidently lived on land which is now Cane Creek Friends 
Meeting House and cemetery, as it is recorded in Cane Creek Meeting 
records, "In 1 764 William and Rebecca gave 26 acres and the house on it 
to be used as a Meeting House." Also in 1 764 William was awarded 200 
acres by the Lords Proprietors of England, southwest of the present Meeting 
site. Brother John was also awarded land in the area. He and his family 
were also active in the Cane Creek Meeting. 

William and Rebecca, as well as her mother, are buried in the meeting 
cemetery, as are his brother, lohn, and wife, Ruth. 

Records indicate that the home on the meeting land was used as an 
early day Meetinghouse. The building was confiscated 
by the English troops during the Revolutionary War. 
Some records indicate that the benches from the 
Meetinghouse were used as operating tables for 
injured soldiers. Some English soldiers are buried in 
the cemetery. 

The rather large Marshall headstone was placed in 
the 1930's by various Marshall groups. 

Records indicate Wlliam sold farm items to the 
American Revolutionary forces and in 1998 he was 
named a Patriot by the Sons of American Revolution 
(SAR), with a marker placed at his headstone. 

What a great heritage we have. It is an honor for 
this writer to know that his blood comes from these 
Godly people. 

Thomas Worth Marshall 

TJ!/ nomas Worth Marshall was a 3rd great-grandson of William (1 724- 
1 803) through William's son, Thomas. 

Thomas Worth Marshall worked with William Wade Hinshaw in 
researching and producing several encyclopedias of American Quaker 
Genealogy, the first being NC Quakers. These books have allowed many of 
us to help trace our roots. This research had its headquarters in one of 
Thomas' offices in Washington, DC. 

William Wade Hinshaw's roots could well be at Cane Creek, as three of 
William's daughters married Hinshaws. 

Thomas was a civil engineer with degrees from Purdue University in 
Indiana. In 1 938 he was engaged by the architect of the U.S. Capitol as a 
consulting engineer to study the condition of the roofs and supporting 
structures of the Senate and House wings of the Capitol building. Thomas 
recommended that, due to safety requirements, they should be replaced, 
including most support structures. His recommendations were approved by 
the House and Senate in 1940. The War began before reconstruction could 
begin, so temporary steel roof supports were put in place. Actual reconstruc- 
tion began in 1948 and was completed in 1950. 

Now, when visiting Washington, DC and the Capitol building, one can 
look up and say a descendant from the Cane Creek Meeting was in charge 
of rebuilding the roofs of the Senate and House wings. 

Hockessin Meeting — 1738 — Hockessin, Delaware 
The first "New World" marriage of our Marshalls took place here, when William Marshall 
married Rebecca Dixon on 26, May, 1746. 41 years later, on 7, December 1787, the 
Colony of Delaware became the first state of The United States of America. 


FVed A^c"PKe^soK\ and oinma "Hobscm ]\Ac'PU.e.i*sov\~ 


Emma Hobson McPherson, age 18 years old. 

g^mma Hobson McPherson, my mother, attended Cane Creek Church lor 
many years with her parents, Rosanna Wells Hobson and Malon Hobson. 
She was a Birthright Member of Cane Creek Church. Also her grandparents, 
Abigal and Joel Wells, were Quakers. Her parents and grandparents are 
buried in the Cane Creek cemetery. 

There was an epidemic of diphtheria in 1 904-1 905 in the community. 
My mother and four of her brothers and sisters had diphtheria. There was no 
vaccine for this acute contagious disease then. Two of her brothers, Johnny 
Hobson, age 9 yrs. old, Clarence Hobson, age 2 yrs. old, and one sister, 
Clare Mae Hobson, 5 yrs. old, died and are buried in the Cane Creek 
cemetery. The children and their father all died in a 6-month period. 

My mother attended Sylvan Academy and graduated there. She attended 
Guiltord College for 1 year. The next year she attended Elon College. She 

taught school in Alamance County and Chatham County. She later married 
Fred W. McPherson, who as a child attended Rock Creek Methodist Church 
with his parents and grandparents. My mother and father had 5 children, 
the oldest child, Hoyt McPherson, died of pneumonia when he was 22 
months old. 

The other children were ]oe, | Van, Macie and Doris. We attended 
Cane Creek Church when we were growing up. I remember attending 
the Revival Meetings; some were held in tents on the grounds of Sylvan 
School. Our cousin would visit us and we all very much enjoyed going to 
these Meetings. 

Fred and Emma Hobson McPherson, 1940. 

Fred and Emma McPherson with family: Doris, Macie, I Van and Joe, 9-28-41. 

Left to Right: Anna Lois Dixon, Kathleen Whitehead, Nona Williams, Christine McPherson, Mildred Griffin, Verla Thompson, Phoebe Pike, Annie Wright, Lena Durham, 
Gertrude Pike, Inez Williams, Catherine Carter, Alice Teague, Lorena Thompson and Ruth Moon. 



Cleo Griffin quilting. 

Exhibited at Yearly Meeting 1996 — 
Grace Pike. 

Exhibited at Yearly Meeting 1996— Eleanor Lindley. 

Exhibited at Yearly Meeting 1996 — Cora Gibson. 




Exhibited at Vearly Meeting 1996 — Dwight Teague. 


~Uhey exist only in ou^ fnernory 

Old iron bridge over Cane Creek. 

Cane Creek Friends Meeting House, 
Snow Camp, North Carolina. 


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Christine, lunie, Billy Wade, Samuel 
Clyde and Clarence Allen McPherson. 

gjfi unie W. McPherson (5/1 7/05- ) and Christine Thompson 
(5/31/12-12/9/99) were married on December 3, 1932 in 
Danville, VA. Clarence Allen McPherson was born on 
September 30, 1933; infant son was born May 3, 1935 and 
died at birth; Samuel Clyde McPherson was born on June 7, 
1936; and Billy Wade McPherson was born August 24, 1937. 
lunie and Christine were very active members of Cane Creek as 
long as their health allowed. 

Christine Thompson McPherson served Cane Creek as 
Treasurer for many years. She was always active in Missionary 
Circle activities. Christine was a master at making Brunswick 
Stew. She along with other women of the Meeting made the 
Brunswick Stew for Cane Creek's Annual Fall Festival each 

Clarence McPherson married Anna Merle Isley (7/26/34- 
3/15/00) on June 27, 1953 in Snow Camp, NC. Clarence and 
Anna Merle had two daughters, Lesa Ann, born October 13, 
1 959, and Lori Lee, born June 4, 1 965. 

Clarence and Anna Merle served the Meeting in various 
roles. They raised their two daughters to be a very active part 
of Cane Creek's ministry. 

Lesa married Samuel Vernon McPherson from the Salem 
United Methodist Church community on April 4, 1 981 . Sam 
and Lesa McPherson have one son, Jeremy Allen, born on 
September 2, 1988. 

Lori married Harry Leonard (Len) James, Jr. from the Mount 
Hermon United Methodist Church community on March 25, 
1989. Lori and Len James have two sons, Harrison Trent James, 
born June 21, 1994, and Dylan Parker James, born June 16, 

Christine and Junie were able to celebrate their 67th wed- 
ding anniversary in December, 1999, only a few days before 
Christine's death on December 9, 1999. Junie celebrated his 
95th birthday on May 17, 2000, while residing at Hawfields 
Presbyterian Home, Mebane, NC. 


S>o\o\non J^AdPW&rsovv 

: ( ^)fjerson 

?3$ ur '' rst ancestor that came to America was Daniel McPherson, born in 
1 682 near Inverness, Scotland. According to family tradition, when he was 
about 14 years of age, while tending sheep on his lather's farm, he was kid- 
napped and brought to America. He was brought to the Wilmington, Dela- 
ware area and sold as an indentured servant to a Quaker master. This is 
probably where he became interested in the Quaker beliefs. After his term 
of indenture ended, he worked as a laborer until he earned enough money 
to buy a farm. 

On Oct. 1 0, 1 706, Daniel bought 300 acres in Chester County, Pennsyl- 
vania. The land lay partly in White Clay Creek Hundred, New Castle 
County, Delaware. About 1712 Daniel married Ruth Shires, who had recently 
moved from Great Britain with her brother William and a married sister Ann. 

Daniel and Ruth had six children: Ann, Daniel, John, Stephen, William 
and Olhniel. Daniel and Ruth's children all sought new locations, except 
Daniel, who remained at the homestead. )ohn, William, and Ann went to 
North Carolina and Stephen went to southwestern Virginia. 

William McPherson was first married 1 747 to Margaret Trego. He migra- 
ted to North Carolina, where he settled first in Cross Creek (now Fayetle- 
ville). His second marriage was to Phoebe Passmore. Phoebe was a member 
of the Society of Friends and on June 7, 1 755 was granted a certificate to 
Cane Creek Monthly Meeting and the family moved to Orange Co. He 
received a grant from Earl Granville on Aug. 6, 1 759, for 227 acres. (His 
name was spelled Mcferson on the first land grant.} William and his first 
wife, Margaret Trego, had 2 children: Mary and Othniel. William and his 
second wife, Phoebe Passmore, had ten children: Ruth, William, Daniel, 
Margaret, lohn, Phoebe, Mary, Ann, Edith and Enoch. 

Daniel McPherson was born about 1 760 in Orange Co. (now Chatham) 
North Carolina. He married Mary Evans cl 784. In 1 794 he bought land 
from his father William McPherson and some from William Finley. Both 
tracts were on the waters of Cane Creek. Daniel and Mary had nine chil- 
dren: Enoch, Daughter, Rebecca, Ruth, Mary, Stephen, William, Daughter 
and Daniel. Daniel had bought land on the South Fork of Cane Creek. He 
later sold it to his brother Stephen on May 29, 1 824, then moved to Parke 
County, Indiana, were he lived in 1850. 

Mary McPherson was born May 5, 1794, in Chatham County, North 
Carolina, and died there March 2, 1850. Mary had a son, Micajah McPher- 
son, Dec. 17, 1811, father unknown. On March 22, 1814, she married 
Thomas Bivins, born cl787. They had ten children. 

Micajah McPherson was born Dec. 7, 1811, in Chatham County, North 
Carolina, and died there Nov. 7, 1896. On June 6, 1830, he first married 
Phoebe (ohnson, born June 20, 1811; died Nov. 14, 1 883. Second marriage 
was to Jemima Norwood Terry. On Oct., 1 848, he bought 425 acres on the 
South Fork of Cane Creek from Nathan Woody for $800.00. 

During the Civil War, Micajah was hanged because of his anti-slavery 
principles. One morning while doing his chores near his barn, a number 

Micajah and Phoebe Johnson McPherson. 

of men rode up and surrounded him. His wife Phoebe and grandson, 
Monroe Roach watched helplessly from the house as he was dragged across 
the creek toward the woods. The men shot back at the house to keep them 
from following them. They hung him on a dogwood tree beside a huge rock 
at the edge of the woods. They thought he was dead, when he became 
unconscious, and cut him down because they needed the rope to hang 
someone else. Somebody later came by and helped him get to the house. 
He lived many years after this. His children, all by his first marriage, were 
as follows: Thomas, Edith, Mary Polly, Ruth and Elizabeth. 

Thomas McPherson, was born Aug. 14, 1831, in North Carolina, and 
died Feb. 21 , 1905, in Chatham County, North Carolina. He married (1 ) 
Harriet Vestal, born May 3, 1830, died Jan. 8, 1882; (2) Elizabeth Dixon 
Trollmger, born July 1 , 1 845, died April 4, 1914. Thomas lived at the home- 
place. He built what they called the big house in 1 852, and they moved the 
log kitchen from Micajah s house. Thomas and his family attended Cane 
Creek Meeting. It is said that Thomas had an elegant handwriting but his 
spelling wasn't loo good. His penmanship was evident on some old deeds 
that he had written and in an Old Bible thai belongs to Phoebe Pike. An 
insert in the front on the Bible reads: "Thomas M. McPherson, his hand and 
pen read it if you can" — dated Feb. 4, 1850. Thomas and Harriet Vestal's 
children were Hiram, Hugh, Phoebe, Micajah, Mary Lavina, Ruth Ellen, 
Edith and Sarah. Children by second marriage to Elizabeth Ellen Dixon 
Trollmger: Solomon H. and William |. 

Solomon Henry McPherson was born Ocl. 10, 1884, in Alamance Co., 
North Carolina and died April 18, 1955. He married Viola McPherson, the 
daughter of lack McPherson and Mary Jane Hadley, on Aug. 12, 1912. She 
was born April 10, 1890 and died April 4, 1966. Sol was born and raised at 
the homeplace, part of the original land that his grandfather Micajah 
McPherson bought from Nathan Woody in 1 848. Sol, as he was called, and 
his family attended Cane Creek. Children of Solomon and Viola McPherson 
were Thomas Braxton, George William, Mary Elizabeth, Walter Mebane, 
Viola Mae, Louie Henry, Sarah Helen, Joseph Dixon, Henry Carl, Ava Lee, 
Phoebe lane, Solomon Herbert, and Roy Zelle. 

Herbert McPherson was born 1 93 1 in Alamance Co. Married (an. 3, 
1959, to Yvonne Iris Cox, daughter of Elmer and Mary Lee Cox. Herbert 
and Yvonne started attending Cane Creek shortly after they were married. 
They have built a home on the part of Ihe homeplace that Herbert's great- 
grandfalher purchased in 1848. They still attend Cane Creek as well as their 
children, Stephen Herbert McPherson and Sandra Joe McPherson. Stephen 
Herbert McPherson married Tammy Harris al Cane Creek Meeting, Snow 
Camp, NC, Sept. 3, 1983. They have two sons, Jason Thomas McPherson 
and Stephen Heath McPherson. Sandra Jo McPherson married Earl Dean 
"Dino" Stewart at Cane Creek Meeting, in Snow Camp, NC. They have 3 
sons, Earl Dustin, Micajah Dean and Sean Wayne. 

Thomas McPherson 


Couples Left to Ri^ht: Children of Thomas McPherson — Hugh McPherson and wife 

Ida Brown, Lavina McPherson and husband Thomas Terry, Ellen McPherson 

Diton — man behind her is Lawson McPherson, son of Lavina. Edith McPherson 

and husband James (Jim) Griffin, Sarah McPherson and husband Sebron (Doc) 

Griffin, "Sol" Solomon McPherson and wife Viola McPherson, "Will" William 

McPherson and wife Ora Brewer. 

Solomon McPherson 


^J^he McVey family was small in North Carolina. Tom McVey's great- 
grandfather was one of three brothers who came from Scotland to 
Pennsylvania, later coming to Piedmont North Carolina. 

Tom McVey, son of Baalam McVey and Jemima Moon McVey, was born 
May 23, 1 859. He grew up during the days of Reconstruction at which time 
Old Sylvan Academy was one of the few schools in this section of the 
South. He took advantage of his opportunities and attended the school here. 
He later attended New Garden Boarding School, now Guilford College. 

In 1883 he married Fanny Tysor, daughter of Harris and Lydia Gilbert 
Tysor of Glendon in Moore County. He taught for two years and farmed 
until 1893 when he became Superintendent of the Snow Camp Woolen 
Mills until his death in 1910. 

Tom McVey's main interests were schools, Sunday School and politics. 
He served on the local school board during his entire adult life, and no 
sacrifice was too great for him to make if he thought it was for the best 
interest of the school. In Sunday School he organized and taught the 
Baracca Class at Cane Creek. 

He served as County Commissioner in Alamance County from 1 906 to 
1908 and worked hard for good roads in the county. He was vitally interest- 
ed in promoting clean politics in the county and state. One of his favorite 
quotations in this connection was as follows: 

God Give Us Men 
God give us men. The time demands 
Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and 
willing hands. 

Men whom the lust of office does not kill; 
Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy; 
Men who possess opinions and a will; 
Men who have honor; men who will not lie; 
Men who can stand before a demagogue 
And demur his treacherous flatteries without 

Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog 
In public duty and in private thinking! 
For while the rabble with their thumb-worn creeds 
Their large professions and their little deeds 
Mingle in selfish strife; lo! Freedom weeps! 
Wrong rules the land, and waiting justice sleeps! 

j.G. Holland 

Harris McVey was born in September of 1 893, the son of Tom and 
Fanny Tysor McVey. When he was a young boy he had pneumonia and lost 
his hearing in one ear. His mother died when he was 16 and his father died 
one year later. Harris and his eldest sister, Mary, had to take over the family 
farm and raise the younger children, Josie, Elma and Wayne, left at home. 
Mary McVey, who had attended Meredith College and Women's College, 

Front Row — Left to Right: Lydia llena, 
Elma Blanche, Jemima Josephine; Second 
Row — Left to Right: Baalam Harris, Joseph 
Wayne; Third Row— Left to Right: Mary 
Ellen, Annie Caroline, George Frank, Tom 
and Fanny (parents). 

came home to teach school, and Harris farmed to support the family. The 
family home was located at the southeast corner of Snow Camp Road and 
Chapel Hill-Greensboro Road where Rochelle McVey now resides. The 
original home burned in 1 939 and the present home was built. 

Harris was a self-educated man. He was forced to quit school in the 
eighth grade due to his hearing disability and his need to work on the farm. 
He continued to educate himself by reading. His community involvement 
was in the realm of politics. He believed every person should exercise his 
right of citizenship by studying the government and its leaders and voting. 
He was a precinct chairman for Newlm township for many years. 

In 1924 Harris, Everett, and Charlie Durham began operating the Snow 
Camp Milling Company located where the old Snow Camp Woolen Mill 
had been. They used water from Cane Creek to run the power for the mill. 
The Snow Camp Milling Co. had a satellite unit in Graham, NC where flour 
and wheat were exchanged. They ran the mill until the 1 940's. Harris then 
turned to farming full time and in the 1950's began operating a dairy farm 
which stayed in operation until 1 974. Harris died in 1 975 at the age of 81 . 

In 1931, Harris married Rochelle Roache and they had three children: 
Tom Forrest, Harris Tysor (Jack), and Marian Roache. They remained married 
for 44 years. 

Rochelle, the second daughter of Maurice and Elizabeth McPherson 
Roache, was born in February 1913. As a young girl she worked on her 
family's farm located on 1600 Quackenbush Rd. in Snow Camp. She loved 
sewing. She has often said, "I can't remember when I couldn't sew." 

She married Harris McVey in December of 1931 . As a young wife, she 
learned to cook and became well-known for her homemade yeast rolls and 
chocolate and caramel cakes. To help earn money for the family, she carried 
produce such as eggs, chickens, vegetables and cakes to the old Burlington 
Curb Market. 

When her mother "Lizzie" died in 1 947, Rochelle and Harris' home 
became the site of family gatherings for her younger sisters, brothers and 
cousins. In Harris' later years, she hosted many family reunions for the 
McVey family. 

Rochelle's community involvement included being an active parent in 
Sylvan School with her three children, Forrest, Jack and Marian. She partici- 
pated in church activities by serving on committees, teaching Sunday 
School, and being an active member of the USFW. 

She continued to sew for her children, sisters, relatives and neighbors. 
She made everything from men's suit jackets to christening dresses and 
designed many of her daughter's clothes. 

Although she had many responsibilities helping with the farm, her real 
passion for growing flowers evolved after her children had left home. She 
was a charter member of the Snow Camp Garden Club and won many 
awards for her arrangements in flower competitions. She has shared many 
arrangements in the church sanctuary throughout the last thirty years. She 
loved growing beautiful flowers, especially wildflowers, many of which still 
bloom in her yard today. 






Wives and Mothers 


A is quite easy to forget that, for almost half of the life of 
the Meeting, women had their own business meeting. They 
could accept members, appoint ministers, provide oversight, 
approve marriages for clearness, and dismiss members. 
Cane Creek Meeting has copies of the Women's Meeting 
minutes up to 1862 when they merged with the Men's 
Meeting. Several O'Daniel family daughters were a part of 
the Women's Meeting. However, they are known by their 
married names. 

Henry O'Daniel settled in the Bethlehem Presbyterian 
Church Community of Orange County. He married lane 
Thompson on December 22, 1 771 . She was the daughter 
of Samuel Thompson. Their daughter, Margaret, married 
Daniel Pickard. In the early 1840s the family moved to the 
Cane Creek Area. They were seeking employment at the 
Cane Creek Cotton Factory. The Pickard daughters all mar- 
ried in the Cane Creek area, jane married Joshua Dixon, 
Susan married William Teague, Nancy married lames Griffin 
and Martha married William Perry. 

Two of Margaret O'Daniel Pickard's brothers also came 
to the area. William's daughters married men from the 
community. Martha married Solomon Stuart and Caroline 
married Peter Stuart. It was not unusual for families to be 
quite large at that time and the O'Daniel family was no 
exception. The O'Daniel daughters who 
married into Quaker families became Quakers and many 
of their descendants have been active among Friends. 

lay Marshall, Dean of the Earlham School of Religion in 
Richmond, Indiana, is a descendant of Solomon and Martha 
O'Daniel Stuart. William and Martha Pickard Perry's grand- 
son, Edgar Perry Sims, was a Friends minister in Oregon. 
President Herbert Hoover was a member of that Meeting. 

There are many descendants of the O'Daniel family in 
the Cane Creek area. However, the family name has been 
lost through marriage. 


Sarah Kimball shares a verse found on one of her 
mother's (Lucy Kimball) napkins. 

Recipe For A Happy Home 

Combine happy hearts 

Mix with Christian love 

Add the fruits of the Holy Spirit 

Sprinkle with smiles, hugs, and kisses 

Bake for a lifetime. 

Fanny Belle Hart shares this quotation from her 
mother's (Lena Durham) papers. 

"/ can see how it might be possible for 
a man to look down upon the earth 
and be an atheist, but I cannot con- 
ceive how he could look up into the 
heavens and say there is no God. " 

- Abraham Lincoln 




ii4^n the middle of the eighteenth century there were two 
Jeremiah Piggotts at Cane Creek Meeting. They were first 
cousins. It is understandable that this has created difficulties 
in tracing family lines. 

Cane Creek Meeting was two years old when Jeremiah 
Piggott, the son of William and Sarah Pike Piggott, was born 
February 18, 1753. He married Charity Moon, the daughter 
of James and Ann Moon, on October 1 3, 1 774. They had 
eight children: Rachel, Joseph, Margery, Sarah, John, 
Jeremiah, Thomas and William. 

Jeremiah and Charity moved their membership to New 
Garden Meeting in 1 783. However, they returned to Cane 
Creek in 1 791 . After a few years, there was some difficulty 
with the Meeting and Charity was disowned in 1 800. 

The other Jeremiah and Rachel Maynor Piggot were 
married in May of 1 765 in the Rocky River Meeting. They 
would be buried there in later years. Their fifth child, 
Abigail, was born February 9, 1 771 . 

It was Abigail Piggot Moon's maternal grandparents, 
Henry Maynor (Mayner) and Susannah who were originally 
from Prince George County, Maryland, where he was a 
planter and an overseer in Fairfax Meeting of Virginia. In 
1 750 they and their children joined other families of 
Quakers who were moving to North Carolina. They 
received certificates to Carvers Creek Meeting in Bladen 
County. The next year they became part of the new Cane 
Creek Meeting. 

Abigail Piggot Moon and her husband Kasper with their 
large and growing family traveled for six weeks by covered 
wagon to the Whitewater Valley in Indiana in September of 
1 808. They became a part of a new Meeting which was set 
up on the Whitewater in 1 809. 

The Piggott name has evolved into Pickett through the 
years. Unfortunately, neither is a part of the Cane Creek 
Meeting today. 

Rebuilding the Meetinghouse 

Teams of horses and mules were needed to dig the basement for the new building. 
Dolph Whitehead, Odie Stuart, Will Kimball, Robert Culberson and PH. Stephens sup- 
plied these teams. Dolph supplied the pan. During February, March and April of 1943 
they started the labor. Al Primm, Principal of Sylvan School, came by after the school 
day ended and relieved P.H. Pete Whitehead, Troy Stephens, Jesse Thompson and oth- 
ers helped in any way they could. Paul Moon, who was not a member of the Meeting, 
helped them with the construction of the meetinghouse. 

For lumber to be accessible, Nathan Wright set up a sawmill on the grounds near the 
general location of the brick meeting sign in the yard today. The logs were cut from var- 
ious property owners and brought to the meeting grounds for sawing into boards for 
construction. Ross Stephens was one of the property owners who brought sawn logs to 
the meeting grounds to be used for lumber. Lannie Thompson and Charlie Stout were 
two of the carpenters who built the structure. 

While they were working, someone came into the building and asked where did 
they want to cut the hole in the choir loft. They said it would be needed to let the devil 
in and out. 



.Jl^he Pikes were trom England. Richard Pike or Pyke of Newbury, Berks 
Co., England was born in 1598 — Sir Richard Pike was a Knight. His son, 
Richard, was born about 1 627, in England. He went to Ireland in 1 648 as a 
Corporal in (he troop of Horsemen in Cromwell's Army. When the Civil War 
ended with the death of King Charles I, Richard left the service and married 
Elizabeth (ackson, who was born in 1 636 and died in 1 688. She was buried 
in London, England. 

Richard and Elizabeth were among the Friends convinced by the min- 
istry of Edward Burrough at Cork in 1665. Richard died April 1 668 in Cork, 
Ireland , while being held prisoner for his Quaker principles. Their children 
were Elizabeth (married Henry Wheddon), Joseph, Ebenezer, Richard, Sarah 
and Benjamin. 

Joseph Pike, born November 15, 1657, married Elizabeth Rogers (daugh- 
ter of Francis Rogers, a Friends minister). They had fourteen children; the 
seven who survived were Richard, Mary (married Thomas Beale), Elizabeth 
(married Joshua Beale Jr.), Rachel (married Benjamin Beale), Samuel (mar- 
ried lean McGlegory), Benjamin and Anna Pike. 

Samuel Pike (son of Joseph Pike and Elizabeth Rogers) was born in 
Kilcreagh, Cork County, Ireland. He came to America in 1693, where he 
married Jean McGlegory in Pasquotank County, North Carolina. They had 
five children; John (married Abigail Overman), Ann (married Jonathan 
White), Susannah, Benjamin (married Jane Bundy) and Samuel Pike 
(married Sarah Overman), all born in Pasquotank County, NC. 

John Pike (son of Samuel and Jean) was born April 14, 1 702, in 
Pasquotank County, NC. On September 4, 1731 the Pasquotank Meeting 
gave John Pike "liberty" to marry Abigail Overman. On the same day they 
gave Abigail "liberty" to marry John. 

John and Abigail left Pasquotank County, NC and went to Frederick 
County, VA, where eight of their children were born. They came to the Cane 
Creek Settlement in 1 749, where their youngest son, Nathan, was born. 

Moses Pike (younger) 

They became affiliated with the Cane Creek Meeting in Orange County, NC. 
As a minister, Abigail would have been strong in her religious faith and obe- 
dient to the leadings of the Holy Spirit. In the early part of the year 1 751, 
Abigail and Rachel Wright traveled about two hundred miles to attend the 
Quarterly Meeting at Little River in Perquimans County and ask that a meet- 
ing be set up at Cane Creek. 

Their children were Sarah (first married William Piggott, second, 
Abraham Elliot), Ann (married Daniel Hough), Susanna (married William 
Lee), Elizabeth (first married Alexander Stuart, second, John Ooan), twins 
Samuel (married Susannah Ward) and John (married Priscilla Williams), 
Ruth (first married Michael Weisner, second, John Hinshaw), Rachel 
(married Issac Williams) and Nathan (married Elizabeth Williams). 

John and Priscilla had eight children all born in Orange County, NC. 
They were Mary (married John Thompson), William (married Sarah 
Sherdan), Margaret (married Samuel Davidson), Abigail (married Alexander 
Underwood), Elizabeth (married George Sherdan), Rachel (married Fraizier 
Squires), and John (first married Mary Freeman, second, Mary Davidson). 

John Pike and Mary Freeman's children were Rebecca (born January 4, 
1808 and died February 28, 1928), Samuel (married Mary Hinshaw), Pricilla 
(married Ira Hinshaw), Micajah (married Mary Pike), Zimiri (born April 1 5, 
1815, died October 1 2, 1 930), Susanne (married John Teague), John (first 
married Martha Teague, second, Mary Fogleman), Elizabeth (married Isaiah 
Teague), and Moses (married Ruth Dixon). 

Moses D. Pike (born May 5, 1822), son of John and Mary Freeman Pike, 
married Ruth Dixon (born January 8, 1829, died May 25, 1912). Their chil- 
dren were Harrison (married Ann Miller), Dora, John Gurney (married Clara 
Dixon), Emily (married Hugh W. Johnson). 

John Gurney Pike was born May 21, 1861, and died August 25, 1953. 
He married Clara Dixon, who was born July 21, 1871 and died February 
22, 1962. They are buried at Cane Creek Cemetery. Their children were 
Flora (married Carl L. Thompson), Joseph 
(married Phoebe Roach), Anna Lois (married 
Jim Dixon), Thomas H. (first married Gertrude 
Thompson, second, Grace A. Foster). 

John Gurney Pike 

Ruth Dixon Pike, 

Moses Pike's wife 

1829- 1912 

Moses Pike (older) 

Ann Miller Pike, 
tvite of Harrison Pike. 


Harrison Pike was the brother 

of Gurney Pike. Harrison died 

in Indiana. 

Clara Dixon Pike on the right, 

Clara Council in chair, 

other unidentified. 


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,^yhe )ohn Stanfield will is on tile at the Historical Commission Rooms at 
Raleigh. It is dated August 4, 1 755. He owned four tracts ot land and had 
four sons. Each son received a parcel of land. The bequest that is of primary 
interest to Cane Creek is that made to Thomas Stanfield. He was left the 
"meeting house plot." It consisted of 200 acres. 

The property lies along the Snow Camp Road near the farm of the late 
Lawrence McPherson. Cane Creek's first meetinghouse stood near the center 
of the Cane Creek settlement, about one mile east of the location of the 
present meeting house. The unmarked site is about one-and-a-half miles 
north on North Carolina State Road 1004. The meetinghouse would have 
stood on the far side of the field, to the right of the road at that point. 

After the death of John Stanfield, his widow, Hannah, was left with three 
small children to raise. Her circumstances were brightened by the fact that 
she and her children inherited a fairly large sum of money from her father, 
Simon Hadley of New Castle County, Delaware. 

Hannah lived at Hillsborough with her children. According to tradition, 
she encountered Lord Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War. He used 
her house as headquarters. She as well as other Quakers suffered during 
this time. Not only did they lose livestock to the soldiers, they were also 
assessed a four-fold tax because they refused to list their property for 
war taxes. 

The official county records for Orange County were buried in the Eno 
River during the occupation of the town by Cornwallis. All but one book 
was lost. It contained a small notice about some property that Thomas and 
Hannah Stanfield had deeded to James O'Nails, witnessed by George 
Norris. Also, Samuel Stanfield had deeded property to John Piggot, wit- 
nessed by William Marshall. 

Hannah died May 31 , 1 783 and was buried at Cane Creek. She was 
seventy-three when she died. In the words of Mrs. Merle Humphries, "She 
is said to have been a pronounced character and smoked a pipe which was 
considered perfectly proper for a lady of that time. She is the ancestor of the 
prominent Dixsons of North Carolina (through marriage), and else where 
some Stanfields of note." 

March 1754 John Stanfield purchased land in Orange County, NC. 

John Stanfield and wile Hannah (Hadley) Dixon and children John Jr., 
Thomas and Samuel were received by certificate, from Newark Monthly 
Meeting PA. Dated 6 Oct. 1 753, to Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, 6 Apr. 

John Stanfield made other land purchases totaling 830 acres. 

John Stanlield's will is dated 4 Aug. 1 755. Proved in September Court 1 755. 

His death date would have been between these two dates. 

He disposed of the four tracts of land as follows: 

To John Stanfield Jr.: The Haw River farm 200 acres adjoining John Jones 

To Thomas Stanfield: "The Meeting House tract" 200 acres. 

To Samuel Stanfield: The home tract 200 acres. Wife Hannah was to have a 
lifetime estate on it. 

To Samuel and Thomas: The rich Hill land 320 acres. 

At the time Thomas Stanfield's father's will was proved, he would have been 

only about ten years old. He was born 29 December 1 745. 

No civil document has been found to indicate that John Stanfield transferred 
any part of "The Meeting House tract" to the Monthly Meeting. From the 

will Hannah would have had no authority to do this, for she only received a 
lifetime right on another tract. 

On 8 February 1 763 William Marshall obtained a land grant of 200 acres. 
William Marshall's wife was Rebecca Dixon, daughter of Hannah (Hadley) 
Dixon Stanfield from her previous marriage to Thomas Dixon. 

On 14 February 1 764 William Marshall transferred 26 acres of land on 
Cane Creek adjoining Simon Dixon's Mill Dam (he was Hannah's son-in- 
law) to Peter Stout, Jeremiah Piggott, Benjamin Piggott, and David Vestal, 
trustees, "for the use and benefit of Cane Creek Meeting." This is the proper- 
ty where the Meeting House and burial grounds are presently located. 

Thomas Stanfield obtained a certificate from Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, 
to New Garden Monthly Meeting in PA, 5 May 1764. Thomas received 
a certificate from New Garden Monthly Meeting, PA to return to New 
Garden Monthly Meeting, NC 4 July 1 789. Then from New Garden Monthly 
Meeting, NC to Westfield Monthly Meeting, TN dated 1 7 September 1 791 . 

Thomas Stanfield of Green County TN sold to James Neal in 1 789 the prop- 
erty inherited from his father. The deed specifically states "containing the 
Meeting House lot." This phrase remains in the transfer of title of this prop- 
erty up to the time it was owned by Simeon Thompson. From these records 
we can almost pinpoint the location of the first Meeting House. It would 
have been approximately three miles to the East of the present site. 

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"T^oss Stephens" 


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Passmore Stephens 

"^^JJ,y great-great-grandfather, John Stephens, and his wife, Sarah Sluart, 
settled in what was then Orange County sometime before the Revolutionary 
War. Three of his eight children fought in the war. One of his sons died of 
pneumonia while fighting in the war. The land was acquired because of 
unpaid taxes. Sometime around 1900 Simon Stephens, another son, built a 
two-room house which still stands next to my home. The kitchen fell apart 
years ago and the logs from it were donated to The Sword of Peace. 

Simon Stephens married Martha Morris and had two children, Passmore 
H. and Emma. They married Culberson siblings. A neighbor had harassed 
Simon on several occasions. One night he was approached by him again 
and this time, because he feared for nis life, he snot him. He thought he had 
killed him so he fled the country. From various places out west, he would 
write back home tearful tales of how much he missed them. He would mail 
the letters just as he was leaving that city. This made it impossible to tell 
him that the neighbor lived. The sheriff told the family that it would cost 
$3.00 for the incident: $1 .50 for carrying a gun and $1 .50 for court costs. 
P.H. was named Passmore H. Stephens. Apparently he wanted another 
name so he added the Harrison. He married Manie Culberson. My only 
memories of Grandpa Passmore Harrison Stephens are of him being sick, 
lying in bed. Grandma would teed him broth from a chipped cup while I 
stood on a little white chair to watch. Then she would let me comb his hair. 
Pictures show him carrying me all around the tarm. He told his children 
they did not have to attend meeting; however, if they did not go then they 
could not do anything that afternoon either. His biggest contribution to Cane 
Creek was helping to rebuild the meetinghouse after it burned. He used his 
team ot horses to help dig the basement. Logs were donated from his land 
to be used in the new meetinghouse. 

Once when Grandpa was on a trip to Liberty to get supplies, someone 
offered him an outrageous sum of money for his team of horses. He refused 
to sell them. When my father was asked why he would not sell, he said, 
"Well, I had a family to feed." 

Grandma apparently was allergic to tobacco or had an intense dislike 
for it. When she and Grandpa were courting, they were out on a buggy ride 
and she reached over and threw his tobacco over the fence. P.H. looked first 
at the tobacco then at her. He decided she was worth more than the tobac- 
co, so he never touched it again. Some of her grandchildren could use that 
push today. 

Grandma never stopped except when her eyes closed to sleep. I remem- 
ber her always doing something with her hands. She would sit down at 
night with her knitting, sewing or piecing quilt squares together. If she sat 
down during the day she would churn by hand. In the summer time she'd 
walk out to the garden in her bare feet to gather the produce. As a little girl 
nter she would sit by the wood stove and quilt. 
Grandchildren loved to crawl under her quiltstand 
that made a wonderful tent, although it kept 
shrinking as she neared completion of the quilt. 
Whenever her grandchildren spent the night, 
she would have Uncle Troy read the Bible to us 
before we went upstairs to bed. Since she never 
drove, we would go by and get her and Uncle 
Troy to go to Cane Creek Meeting on Sunday 
mornings. She used to advise everyone, especially 
her grandchildren, to be yourself and be happy. 

They had six children: Troy, Walter (who died 
from dehydration), Alta, Lavina, Simon, Ross and 
Algie. All of them went to Sylvan School. Lavina 
went to college and became a math teacher. She 
married loseph Primerano and had two children, 
Joe and Jane, who have given her five grandchil- 
dren. Alta married Coy McPherson. She returns to 
Cane Creek for many special occasions. Algie 
married Clara Jean Griffin (Ed and Loraine Griffin's 
daughter), had two sons, Douglas and Edward, 
and they have given them four grandchildren. 

Manie Culberson Stephens 

They attended Cane Creek until moving to Raleigh. Doug was a conscien- 
tious objector for the Viet Nam War. Troy never married, stayed on the dairy 
farm, and sang in the choir at Cane Creek for many years. He attended all 
services and had perfect attendance for Sunday School for many years. 

Ross, my father, married Ruby Chandler from a tobacco farm in Caswell 
County, moved her to the dairy farm where they milked cows, grew corn, 
vegetables and three children: Nelda (me), Sylvia and Simon. We grew up 
in Cane Creek, attending meetings, learning and playing in Friends Youth 
Fellowship, going to Sunday School and as many other activities as we 
could fit into our schedules. All of us went to Sylvan School for eight years. 

Ross has served as Clerk of the meeting, taught Sunday School classes, 
worked on many committees and been involved in almost every aspect 
imaginable. Ruby enjoys the Circle meetings, cooking for Fall Festival and 
any other dinner, as well as being involved in committees and teaching 
classes on First Day and in Bible School. Sylvia has served on several 
committees, taught Sunday School, and worked with the Youth 
Fellowship — especially since the births ot her two daughters, Rhonda and 
Carla. Simon has ushered and worked with the men on the grounds, and 
brings his wife, Barbara, and his granddaughter to services. 

I moved away from Snow Camp for several years. After marrying )oe 
Kiser, we returned to Snow Camp where we are beginning to get involved 
with Cane Creek Meeting and the community. 

I have enjoyed working on the Remembrance Book for the celebration 
of 250 years of worship and service to the Snow Camp community." 

Algie Stephens, Marion Teague, Ross Stephens 
and Troy Stephens 

S. Troy Stephens 


Simon, Martha, Emma and 
Passmore Stephens. 

Emma Stephens Culberson 

Went to School 

Attended Reunions 

v- '1 ^ ) 

Row 1: Richard Stuart, Sadie McPherson, Carlene Godfrey, Lewis Stout, Mary Ruth 

Durham, Elbert Moon, Allie Mae Alexander, Stafford Wells; Row 2: Winfred 

McVey, Moody Overman, Betty Beale, Raymond Stephens, Grace Lee Allen; 

Row 3: Georgia Workman, William Pike, Florence Griffin, Louise Hester, 

Elma Johnson and Lewis Fogleman, principal. 

"Raised Cane" 

Made at Cane Creek Friends Church — about June 1949: Jennie Stout Case, 

front row, left; C.C. Stout, second row, second from left; Zula Stout, 

third row, second from left; Front row, right to left: Allie Kirkmon, Sally 

Hornaday, great aunt of Charlie Stout and Ollie K., father of Allie Kirkmon 

and Uncle (by marriage) of Charlie S. Kirkman. The homestead was 

located on present land owned by Finley Coble and figured in the 

underground railroad. 

Took Part in Christian Endeavor 

Right to Left: Charlie Durham, Izora Whitehead, Hayes 

Thompson, Annie Stuart, Mary Durham, Lena Durham, 

Cleo Griffin, Ora Culberson, Flora Henley, 

Rhodemia Thomas and Sarah Kimball. 



Attended Vision 400 Celebration at Quiiford Dressed for the Bicentennial Celebration 1951 

Andrea Matthews, Ruth Moon, Maria Matthews, Sarah Kimball, Marilyn Matthews, 
Caroleen Allen, |ohn Allen, Dwight Teague, Bobbie league and Monroe McVey. 

Ross Stephens, Elbert Moon, Charlie Durham, Sam Moon, |im Henley, 
Harvey Thompson, Glen Thompson, Alfred Stuart and Jesse Thompson. 

Attended First Day School 

Enjoyed Congregational Singing 

Left to Right 

First Row: Judy Underwood Teague, Mary F. Stout, Sadie Allen, Sarah Kimball 

Second Row: Raymond Moore, Mary Moore, Martha McVey, Fanny Belle Hart 

Third Row: Tom Allen, J.C. Hart, Polly Durham, Buck Durham 

Fourth Row: Slate Gibson, Joe Teague, Harry Stout, Jr. 

Left to Right: Rochelle McVey, Paul P. Thompson, Clara Thompson, Ross 
Stephens and Ruby Stephens. 

Celebrated our Quaker Heritage 

Seated: Linda Thompson, Louise Thompson, 

Connie Thompson, Ida Thompson, Anna 

Merle McPherson with Lesa 

Standing: Ray Thompson, Elbert Moon, 
Harvey Thompson 



"William Pattefson Stout ana je.v\n\e. T)\yion Stout of-. 


Family of W. Pal and Jennie 
Dixon Stout, seated front row. 
Back Row: Harry Stout, Waldo 
Stout, Flora Henley Stout, 
Charlie Stout, Zula Stout, Arthur 
Stout, Argie Allen Stout, Mary 
Stout Durham and Logan with 
son William. 

(Jj^illiam Patterson Stout, son of William and Nancy Stout, was born near 
Snow Camp in the Cane Creek community, June 4, 1 853. He was a member 
of a family of eleven children, and spent his entire life of 76 years in this 

He was a farmer, and also, following in the footsteps of his father, operat- 
ed a tannery for many years, where leather was finished and shoes and har- 
nesses made for the needs of the community. 

His educational advantages were very limited, for he became of school 
age about the beginning of the Civil War, at which time there were few 
schools in operation. However, soon after the close of the war, churches 
began to sponsor schools in the community, which resulted in the establish- 
ment of the Old Sylvan Academy and Normal School, which was estab- 
lished in 1 866 by Friends of the Baltimore Association. Here, he and many 
others of his day were privileged to attend and complete their education so 
far as "book-learning" was concerned. 

Perhaps feeling his lack of more educational advantages and the need of 
more for himself made Pat Stout (as he was known in the community) more 
interested in the cause of education and better schools for the younger gen- 
eration of his day. For a number of years he served on local school boards 
and worked for the betterment of schools in every way possible. 

He was not only interested in schools, but in good roads for the rural 
communities as well, having served on the Board of Highway Commis- 
sioners for Alamance County for some years. 

Last but not least was Pat Stout's interest in Cane Creek Monthly Meeting 
of which he was a member, serving faithfully in whatever offices and duties 
were assigned him, namely superintendent of Sabbath School, teacher in 
Sabbath School, clerk of monthly meeting and for many years, clerk of 
Western Quarterly Meeting. He also served on the Permanent Board of the 
Yearly Meeting for some years. 

His chief concern and interest in church work, however, was in the 
singing and musical program of the church, for this he had special talent. 
Largely through his efforts, congregational singing in the Meeting for wor- 
ship was introduced in Cane Creek Meeting and later musical instruments, 
which prior to this time had not been permitted in the Meeting. 

But to Pat Stout, singing and music in the Meeting was true worship, not 
just a form of entertainment. For many years he was song leader for the 
Sabbath School and Meeting, and until his death, kept up his interest in this 

On December 1 2, 1 877, he was united in marriage with Jennie Dixon, 
and they reared six children, four sons and two daughters, all living in this 
community except one son, who lived in Detroit, Michigan. 

This is reproduced from a biography of Pat Stout, handwritten by his 
daughter, Flora Stout Henley. 


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Cane Creek Meeting House completed — 1942 
Charlie Stout was instrumental in the rebuilding after the 1942 fire. 


" ;Alexcmdei A 5tuart 


twhe Stuart family was among the earliest pioneers. They 
settled in the Cane Creek area, and joined the Monthly 
Meeting, 7 November 1758 by certificate from Exeter Monthly 
Meeting, Berks County, PA. Robert Stuart was the son of 
Alexander Stuart, an indentured servant brought to America 
from Edinburgh, Scotland, and Mary Bailey, daughter of Joel 
and Ann Short Bailey of PA. 

Robert Stuart obtained an original Granville land grant of 
240 acres adjoining the land of John and Abigail Pike. This 
property today is on Coble Mill Road and includes the Ward 
Mill site. Robert and Martha Richardson brought eight children 
with them when they moved into the Cane Creek area. Two 
more children were born here. Their eldest son, Alexander, was 
21 years old when they arrived at Cane Creek. He soon mar- 
ried a close neighbor, Elizabeth Pike, the daughter of John and 
Abigail Overman Pike, on May 1 6, 1 759. In a few years after 
Alexander and Elizabeth were married, Robert, Martha and the 
other children moved to the Deep River Monthly Meeting area 
in Guilford County. Some of the children married in this area. 
After several years Robert, Martha and the younger children left 
NC and moved to the Wrightsborough Meeting in GA. 

Alexander and Elizabeth had four children: Robert, Abigail, 

John and Henry. Soon after Henry was born, Alexander died, 
leaving Elizabeth with the young children. Elizabeth remarried 
John Doan on January 14, 1768. The Stuart children grew up 
in the Doan household. Robert married Ann Hornaday and 
moved to Ohio. Later they moved to Kansas. Abigail married 
Thomas Dixon, son of Simon and Elizabeth Allen Dixon, on 
July 6, 1 780. Henry married Mary Nelson, daughter of Samuel 
and Catherine Nelson, on February 9, 1 789. They moved to the 
Back Creek Monthly Meeting in Randolph County. 

John married twice. His first marriage was to Elizabeth 
Dixon, daughter of Simon and Elizabeth Allen Dixon, on 
October 6, 1787. She was the sister of Thomas Dixon. Nancy 
Stout, daughter of Charlie and Mary Noblett Stout, was John's 
second wife. They were married on April 23, 1812. 

Both Abigail and John had large families. The descendants 
of Abigail and John remained in the Cane Creek area until the 
time of the Westward migration when many of them left with 
their families and neighbors for other lands. The descendants 
of Abigail and John, who continued to live in the Cane Creek 
area, have been an integral part of the Meeting since its begin- 
ning. They also have been involved in the surrounding commu- 
nities as well. 



On October 25, 1757, a certificate for Robert Stuart, his wife and six 
children was issued by the Exeter Monthly Meeling for removal to the 
Quaker Monthly Meeting of Friends at Cane Creek in North Carolina, or 
elsewhere. A copy of the certificate follows: ,M 

From our Monthly Meeling, held al Exeter the 25th ot 8 mo 1 757: 

to the Monthly Meeting oi Friends at Cane Creek in North Carolina, or 

Dear Friends, 

Our Friend Robed Sluad and Martha his Wife made Application 
to us lor a lew Lines, by way o( a Certificate for themselves and Six 
Children (viz.) lehu, Mary, Isaac, Catharine, Rachel and Gravener These 
are therefore 10 certify You that needlul Enquirey hath been made con- 
cerning them, and that Ihey are Members of our Meetings, and find they 
have settled their outward Affairs, and are pretty orderly in their Life and 
Conversation, and their Children that are come to Years of Maturity are 
clear from Marriage Engagements as far as we can find: and both Parents 
and Children were pretty conslant frequenters ol our Religious Meetings, 
and we find nothing to obstruct RECOMMENDING them lo your 
Christian Care, desiring their Growth in Piety and Virtue We salute you, 
and temain your Friends, Brethren and Sisters 

Signed at Ihe said Meeting the Day and Year aforesaid by 

Rachel Wilils 
Mary Ellis 
Lydia lackson 
Mary Thomas 
Sarah Hutton 
Deborah Lee 

Elizabeth Ellis 
lane Ellis 
lane Hugh(es) 
Mary Lightfoot 
Eleanor Parvin 
Enos Ellis 

Samuel Lee 
Mordecai Ellis 
Ellis Hughlesl 
Moses Starr 
Thomas Thomas 
lohn Scarlet 

" fc A copy of Ihe certificate was obtained from the Depattmenl of Records of 
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, 320 Arch Street, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106. 

<Scme d-re.e\< Ancestors l^evnolds .Line" 



Henry REYNOLDS b. 23 Sept. 1 655 Eng. d. 8-7th mo. 1 724 
m. 10-1 1th mo. 1678 Burlington MM - N] 
To Prudence CLAYTON d/o Wm Clayton & Prudence Lankford 
b. 20 Aug. 1 657 Eng. d. Feb. 1 726 PA 


Wm Jr. REYNOLDS b. 5-7th mo. 1701 PAd. 10th mo. 1772 Randolph Co. NC 

m. (1) 23-1 1 th mo. 1723 

To Mary BROWN(e) d/o Wm Brown(e) & Catherine Williams 

b. 29-4th mo. 1706 d. 1 -7th mo. 1738/9 PA 

m. (2) 19-1 0th mo. 1739 To Rachel )OHNS d/o Thomas lohns 



b. 1-1 st mo. 1 727/8 d. 1807 

m. 17-4th mo. 1756 


b. _?_d. 13-4th mo. 1807 

d/o Abraham Parker & Eleanor Richardson 


b.l 5 Nov. 1737/8 PAd. 12 Dec. 1 804 Centre MM 

m. 24 June 1755 

To Matthew OSBORN III 

b. 12 Jan. 1729 DE 

d. 22 Jan. 1816 Centre MM 

s/o Matthew Osborn II & Isabella Dobson 


Elizabeth REYNOLDS 

b. 13 Nov. 1758 

d. 12 Oct. 1815 NC 

m. 11 Ian. 1781 NC 

To lesse DAVIS 

s/o James Davis & Patience (Miller) Bishop 

IV Mary OSBORN m. John Barker 


Joel DAVIS m. Peninah NEWBY 

V Nicholas BARKER m. Fanny Low 


Elizabeth DAVIS m. Anderson W. PICKETT 

VI Thomas BARKER m. Amy Rich 


Eliza Ann PICKETT m. Asaph BARKER 

VII Asaph BARKER m. Elizabeth Pickett 


IX Esther M. BARKER m. Virgil D. Vawter 








"y\)a+Kcin ana J_ydia Stuart" 


Nathan Stuarl 

i Jy he words of a family member in tribute to mother tell us much about 
this couple. It is entitled "Mother." 

"She lived with her father and his maiden sister until she was eighteen 
years of age. About that time March 1 8, 1 876, she was united in marriage 
with Nathan Stuart. 

This young couple started their married life together in very meager cir- 
cumstances. It took a lot of hard work for them to make ends meet. They 
didn't give up, but instead, with a determination that knew no defeat, 
together they toiled and labored side by side in their hard struggle for a 
livelihood. Together they planned their future, which was not always bright, 
but each failure they used for a stepping stone to enable them to mount a 
little higher. 

Nath and Lydia, as they were familiarly known by their friends, not only 
were concerned in their own welfare but others as well. They united with 
Cane Creek Friend Meeting and there, too, they worked for the welfare of 
their church, as they had been doing all the time for themselves. They filled 
many responsible positions in the Meeting and they did not seem to grow 
tired of their many duties. Their home became the home of preachers and 
other church workers who came into the neighborhood, and remained so as 
long as they were physically able to care for visitors. 

No night was loo dark or rainy or cold for them to go to the home of a 
sick or dying neighbor and, if necessary, spend an entire night sitting by the 
bedside of this friend or neighbor. 

Whenever a move for the betterment of the community was started, 
"Nath and Lydia" not only gave the moral support but financial support 
as well. 

There are many more things that could be said about this couple but 
time and space will not permit. However, suffice it to say that they spent 56 
years of happy married life together. To this union were born seven children; 
currently, six survive. 

Their lives were an open book to be read by all men. Surely when they 
departed this life in 1932 and 1934, respectively, they heard the familiar 
words, "Well done thou good and faithful servants. Enter into the joy of 
your salvation." 

To the Children of Nathan and Lydia Stuarl 

To my dear and loving children. I will write a line or two, 

For you to keep in remembrance, when Mother can't speak to you. 

My mind goes back to the years, when you were little and all at home, 
How you played up and down the creek, and around the old hearthstone. 

When you got a few years older, and entered into school, 
You were still obedient, and generally minded our rules. 

When one of you disobeyed, and punishment was given, 
Never a short or unkind word, by you to us was spoken. 

When Grandpa and Aunts were old, and we had them to care, 
Never was one too tired or unwilling to go and do his share. 

And when they were gone, and their voices no longer heard, 

Some of you remarked you were glad, you had given them no unkind words. 

And now you are all gone, and we are left alone, 

You sometimes come to see us, and are ours just the same. 

Of our Grandchildren we are proud, that they are doing as well as they are. 
They are taking the responsibility of life, and we believe are acting square. 

We have six great-grandchildren, whom we hope will do the same, 
And get in a way, that will bring honor to their names. 

We hope they will all give God the glory, for his ever watchful care, 
And for His many blessings, is our earnest and heartfelt prayer. 

Now as we will soon leave you, for our work is nearly done, 
We are passing o'er the hilltop, toward the setting sun. 

Now, dear children, always remember, you have had and still have our prayers. 
Will you meet us up yonder, where there is no sorrow or care? 

Composed and written by Mother, February 20, 1926 

Nathan and lydia's children: Front Row: Myrtie S. McPherson, 

Lyndon Stuart, Mattie Thompson. 

Back Row: Ed Stuart, Harrison Stuart and Ode Stuart. 

Nathan and Lydia 

Left: Mertie Stuart; Right: Mattie Stuart. 

~yorl< ~Ce.ague.' 


Alice and York Teague 

Jv eagues and their ancestors have been a part of Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting for much of the meeting's existence. 
Most of the current Teague membership are second and 
third generation offspring of Leona Dixon Teague and 
Eugene M. (Bud) Teague. One of their sons, York Teague, 
raised his family in Cane Creek Friends Meeting and at one 
time, served as pastor of the Meeting. 

York spent his entire lifetime in the Cane Creek commu- 
nity. For many years he served as pastor for one or two 
other Friends Meetings across the North Carolina Yearly 
Meeting. As he served those Meetings, his wife Alice and 
their nine children were an integral part of Cane Creek 
Meeting. All of the children were active in the Meeting dur- 
ing their formative years. That training has carried forward 
in their adult lives. Some have remained in the Cane Creek 
community and others moved to other locations where their 
life experiences have taken them. 

Six of the children — Virginia Kimball, Marion Teague, the 
late Dwight Teague, Laura Thompson, Martha Leona Rogers, 
Louise Wilson and Larry Teague — and/or their families are 
currently active members of Meeting. The other two, 
Franklin and Carlyle Teague, have found places of worship 
and service in churches in communities away from Cane 
Creek Meeting. The character, values and heritage built in 
the Alice and York Teague home and at Cane Creek Meeting 
still guide their lives in a meaningful and wonderful way. 

York Teague family 

Front Row - Left to Right: Louise Teague Wilson, Larry 
Teague, Carlyle Teague 

Second Row: Virginia Teague Kimball, York Teague, Alice 
Teague, Martha Teague Rogers 

Back Row: Dwight Teague, Marion Teague, Laura Teague 
Thompson, Franklin Teague 









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qPr larrison Allen Thompson, son of Solomon Rufus and 
Sybil Kemp Thompson, born in 1889 in Snow Camp, and 
Elsie Allen, daughter of Daniel Branson Allen and Margaret 
Russell Allen, born in 1 893 in Snow Camp, married 1911. 
To this union 9 children were born. In photo taken in 
1930's, seated, left to right are youngest daughter, Joanna T. 
(Irwin), Elsie and Harrison. Back row: Margaret Mabel T. 
(Craves) (deceased, Feb. 22, 2000), Russell Kemp Thomp- 
son, Betty Jean T. (Pollock), Opal Branson T. (Isley), Cora 
Lee T. (Gibson), Mary Christine T. (McPherson) (deceased 
Dec. 9, 1999), Edith Louise T. (Stout) (deceased, Feb. 21, 
1997) and Hugh Thompson, who died at age 5, Oct. 2, 
1922. As years passed, 24 grandchildren, 29 great-grand- 
children and 5 great-great-grandchildren joined this family. 

This picture was taken in the front yard of the Thompson 
home where many happy times were shared as neighbors 
and children visited to play games, make homemade freezer 
ice cream and share community happenings. 

Education was always an important part of the family 
life, with Harrison Thompson serving as a member of the 
Allen Hammer Board of Trustees for the Sylvan School. 
Harrison Allen Thompson died December 6, 1968. Elsie 
Anna Allen Thompson died April 23, 1958. Both are buried 
in Cane Creek Cemetery. 




; UK SnWt ii-w[.i;v; 

Prinirfi, principal at l-.-: 

Harrison Thompson (center front) on the Board of fhe Hammer Trust Fund for the Sylvan School. 

Others Left to Right: |im Henley, Lyndon Stuart, Charlie Durham and Charlie Stout. 

Back Row: A.M. Primm 


"Hayes ana K Paul Thompson 


(JUtfhe lineage of John Thompson spans six generations. Each generation is 
centered in Snow Camp, Alamance County. 

John Thompson was born in 1815. He married Ruth Dixon. They had 8 
children. Simeon was born February 10, 1844. He lived in Snow Camp all 
his life until his death on November 9, 1915. 

John married Jane Emmaline Leonard. She had been married before to 
jehu Bivens. Therefore, It is not clear if she had children prior to her mar- 
riage. However, it is known that there were six children in the household. 
Among them was Calvin Hayes Thompson. 

Hayes Thompson was twenty-three when he met Mattie Stuart. She 
was thirteen. He wanted her to marry him. Mattie used to laugh and say 
that she did it because it was better than working in the mill. Their marriage 
would last more than sixty-five years. Their marriage was blessed with four 
sons, Roy, Paul, Ivan and Cecil; and two daughters, Flossie and Kathleen. F. 
Paul Thompson and Kathleen Thompson Whitehead remained in the Snow 
Camp community; the others moved away. 
Those that stayed in the community attended 
and supported Cane Creek Meeting in all of 
its activities. 

Simeon Thompson birthplace 

Hayes gave a large reed piano to the meeting in 1915. He was a man 
who loved to grow flowers and truly had a green thumb. He was faithful to 
share his flowers with the church. All through the summer months, he 
would bring a few of his "blossoms" to brighten the table at the front of the 
Meeting. Mattie used her creative talents to make quilts and other needle- 
work. She helped organize and advise the Junior Missionary group for 
several years. The ten or twelve young girls who were members of the 
Junior Circle met regularly with her each month. She encouraged each of 
them to support the mission work of the meeting. 

Hayes was a storekeeper for more than 50 years. His son, Paul, took 
over the store, and his wife, Verla Johnson Thompson, ran it in the early 
1940s. Paul developed a garage business and he and his son, Ray, operated 
it for several years. 

Paul and Verla became very active in the Sword of Peace outdoor 
drama. They worked very hard to raise funds to help the fledgling drama get 

started. The Paul Thompson 
Award for outstanding service 
is given each year to the per- 
son who has contributed the 
most to the drama. 

Paul and Verla had two 
children: Ray Thompson, who 
continued in the garage work 
for several years, and Daile, 
who married John Lewis from 
Graham and moved there 
after her marriage. 

The Thompson Clan at Hayes and Mattie's 50th Anniversary. 

This is Hayes and Mattie before 
they were married. 

Paul Thompson Garage run by Paul and Ray Thompson. 

Paul and Verla standing at the side door of the 

C.H. Thompson grocery store. It was operated 

by Verla from about 1939 or '40. 

This is a picture of Mattie Thompson working on one of the many quilts she made 
and quilted. This particular one was made by some of the Circle at Cane Creek. You 
can see some of the names that are embroidered on it. This was done sometime in 
the late forties. 





Kinkney R Tkompson 

Pinkney P. Thompson 


.J^he Thompsons who migrated to the American colonies came from 
Scotland, Ireland, and England. The usual migration pattern tor that time 
period would have been to come to the New World and settle in one of 
the northern colonies; either Pennsylvania, Delaware or New Jersey. After 
one or two generations, they would have come south. They reached the 
central part of North Carolina in the first half of the eighteenth century. 
Those from Ireland, for the most part, settled on the east side of Haw River. 
John Thompson was one of the first to settle in that area. Thomas Thompson 
was one of the first emigrants with an English heritage. He and others from 
England settled in the Saxapahaw area. Those who came from Scotland, for 
the most part, settled in the area near Alamance Creek. 

Anthony Thompson married Mary (Polly) Holt on January 29, 1 787. Mary 
was the daughter of Michael Holt II and Jean Lockhart Thompson. They had 
nine children. One of those children, William, became the father of Isaac 
Holt Thompson. Mary Ann Jobe married Isaac Holt and they had five chil- 
dren: Cicero, Haywood, Isaac, Pinkney, and Roxie Anna. Mary Ann would 
have to raise her family alone, for Isaac was killed during the Civil War. 

Pinkney made his home in the Snow Camp area. He was a builder and 
his work often required him to be away from home. During the great tlu 

Roxie Williams Thompson 

epidemic, when hundreds of people were very ill and many died, Pinkney 
had some kind of immunity for he was able to go about from house to 
house and care for the sick. 

Pinkney was married twice— first to Mary Davidson and second to 
Roxie Williams. He was several years older than Roxie, and when he began 
his courtship, not everyone in her family was pleased. Neither were some of 
the neighborhood boys. They decided to make life as unpleasant as possible 
for Pinkney, perhaps in the hope that he would give up his courtship. One 
afternoon while Pinkney was inside the house visiting with Roxie, the boys 
took his buggy and put it on top of an outside shed. However, the pranks 
did not succeed in deterring the courtship. Pinkney and Roxie were married 
and had nine children: Cleo, Pearl, Flora, Ben, Annie, Nellie, Paul, Ruby 
and Inez. 

The children and grandchildren of Pinkney and Roxie Williams 
Thompson have been a part of the Snow Camp community and the Cane 
Creek Meeting through the years. They have served on committees, helped 
with all kinds of church activities and given support wherever they could. 
Several of them lie in the Meeting cemetery. 

Right to Left: Roxie Anna Isabella Cates, Haywood, Isaac, 
Grandpa (Pinkney) and Cicero. 

^^.^fw* 8 ^ 

Clara Hall Thompson Winslow and 
Paul P. Thompson 

Allen Griffin and Cleo Thompson Griffin. Floyd, the 
baby, was killed by a train. 

Left to Right: Ella Thompson, Sybil Thompson, Martha Thompson, Eliza Johnson and Mary Coble. 





Will and Anna Dixon. 


Left to Right: Joyce Moon Bailey, Gary Moon, Arnold Moon, 
Glen Moon, Ruth Kimball Moon and Elbert Moon 

Left to Right: Edith Thompson, Harvey Thompson, Glen Thompson 
Ida Thompson with Jerry and ludy Thompson 

This is a picture of the congregation at Cane Creek on a Summer Day. 




<Jyhe first Vestal that we have on record is John Vessall, born 
in 1573 in England. His son William' Vassall was born in 
England in 1 593 (note the spelling of the name). He married 
Anna King in 161 3, who was born in Essex, England. William 
died in 1655, in Barbados, West Indies. 

Their son, Major William- Vestall, was born in 1623 in 
England. His two sons, Daniel (1 663) and William' (1 667), 
both born in Huntingshire, England, ventured to America. 
Daniel got sick and died at sea during the crossing, at the age 
of twenty. William' arrived in America at the age of sixteen in 
1683. He settled in Chester County, PA and married Alice 
Clover in 1692 in Chester County, PA. She was born 1663 in 
Kings Cleare, Southampton, England. 

While still living in Chester County, PA, William' and Alice 
Glover Vestall had four children: William II 4 (1692), Sarah (1693), 
Mary "Meary" (1 694), and George (1 698). William' later moved 
to Frederick County, VA, as this was where he was living when 
he died, sometime between March 1 744 - March 1 746. 

William IP Vestall, born 1692, married Elizabeth Mercer, 
September 1716 in Eston Township, Chester County, PA. She 
was the daughter of Thomas Mercer and Mary Greenaway. She 
was born 1694 in Wales, England, and died after 1751 in Cane 
Creek, Orange County, NC 

It seems the Vestals followed the same migration route, 
as did most of our ancestors in this area. They first went to 
Chester or Lancaster County, PA. Some migrated first to 
Frederick County, VA and then went to Cane Creek, Orange 
County, NC. Others came directly to Cane Creek from 

William IP and Elizabeth Mercer Vestall's children born in 
Chester County, PA were (1) John (1 721) who ended up in 
Berkley County, VA. (2) William" (1721) moved to Chatham 
County, NC. He died May 7, 1 787 and is buried in Rocky 
River Friends Meeting Cemetery. (3) Mary Elizabeth (between 
January 1st 1721 - January 1723). She died in 1818 in New 
Burlington, Ohio. (4) Thomas, was born (1 727) and died 1813, 
Chatham County, NC. (5) lames (Sr.), (1 730) in Baltimore, MD, 
died in Surry County, NC in 1 793. (6) David Anthony, (1 736) 
Cane Creek, Orange County, NC. He died October, 1819 and 
is buried in Rocky River Cemetery, Alamance County, NC. 
(7) Jennifer, (1738) Frederick County, VA. She married Miles 
Chapman. (8) Daughter, (after 1739). 

Thomas Vestal, son of William IP and Alice Glover, was 

born September 8, 1727, Chester County, PA. He first married 
Mary (last name unknown), December 1, 1751 in Frederick 
County, VA. We have no record of any children to this union. 
He married his second wife Elizabeth Davis, daughter of Charles 
Davis and Hannah Matson, September 7, 1754 in Chatham 
County, NC. She was born December 12, 1737 in Chester 
County, PA. She died in Chatham County, NC, July 21, 1823. 

Their children include: (1 ) Hannah (1 755) died June 1 0, 
1811, Cane Creek, NC. (2) Mary Jane (1 757) (3) William (1 759) 
(4) Jeremina (1762) (5) Thomas "Faubush Tom" (1764) (6) 
Rachel (1 766) (7) John (1 770). All of these children were born 
in Orange County, NC. (8) Jesse (1 772) (9) David (1 774) and 
(10) Silas Vestal (1776) were born in Chatham County, NC. 

David Vestal was born November 23, 1774 in Chatham 
County, NC. He married first Elizabeth York in 1798. She was 
born in Chatham County, NC and died before 1815. David 
married second, Rebecca Evans 1815. She was born April 8, 
1800 in Cane Creek, Chatham County, NC and died April 9, 
1859 in Alamance County, NC. 

David and Elizabeth's children were: (1) Mary died (1848) 
(2) Nancy J. born in Surry County, died in 1852 (3) Sarah 
"Sally" (1798) Randolph County, died 1888 Liberty, NC, buried 
at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery (4) Jeremiah Thomas (1800) Chatham 
County; died (1866) Knoxville, TN. (5) Hiram (1801) Chatham 
County (6) William Seymour "Simpson" (1 803) died (1 891 ) 
Mississippi (7) Hannah (1813). 

David and Rebecca's children were: (1) Oprah (1827) (2) 
Oliver (1821) (3) Larkin (1823) Alamance County, m. Tamer J. 
Albright (4) Williamson Fowler (January, 1831) m. Elizabeth 
Piper, Orange County, NC (5) Benjamin (1833) died 1848, and 
is buried at Rocky River Monthly Meeting, NC. 

Hiram Vestal was born August 25, 1801 in Chatham County, 
NC. He married Levina Staley December 14, 1825 in Randolph 
County, NC. Hiram died January 16, 1837 at the age of thirty- 
six in Chatham County, NC. They had two children: (1) Harriet 
(1830) (2) Hiram II (1835). 

Harriet Vestal (May 3, 1830) married Thomas McPherson, 
they had five children. Their children were Hugh, Jemina (mar- 
ried Thomas Terry), Ellen (married George Dixon), Edith (mar- 
ried James "Jim" Griffin) and Sarah (married Sebron "Doc" 
Griffin). Harriet died January 8, 1882. Harriet and Thomas lived 
in the Cane Creek area and attended Cane Creek Meeting. 
They are buried at Cane Creek. 






•Jyhe progenitor of the Way family of interest to Cane Creek 
Meeting was Nathaniel Way, born ca. 1690, a farmer who 
resided in Kennet Township (now Kennet Square) Chester 
County, Pennsylvania. Tradition says that Nathaniel was born 
in England, and was the son of lohn Way, and the grandson of 
William Way. We do know that the Way family was of English 
origin, but there seems to be no real proof on the name of 
father and grandfather of Nathaniel. 

The date of arrival of Nathaniel Way in America is not 
known, but he was listed as a single man in the 1715 Tax List 
of Chester County. He later married Mary Matthews, daughter 
of George Matthews, and they had three sons, loseph, Abel 
and Nathaniel, |r. The Ways were Friends (Quakers), and the 
records on Nathaniel are believed to be those of the Nathaniel 
Way who was a member of the Bradford Monthly Meeting in 

About 1761, Nathaniel Way and his entire family moved 
from Pennsylvania to Wells Creek, Orange County, North 
Carolina. (The portion of Orange County to which he moved 
became Alamance County when Alamance County was formed 
from Orange in 1 849.) This family was one of several Way 
families, and one of several other Quaker families, that moved 
to central North Carolina about the middle of the 1 8th Century. 
Other Way families that moved at this time were the Ways of 
Bedford County, Pennsylvania; another family of Ways from 
Pennsylvania; the Ways of Connecticut; the Ways of Nantucket, 
Massachusetts; and the Ways that settled in South Carolina. The 
Connecticut Ways, and the South Carolina Ways were probably 
Anglican, or Congregational, but all of the other Ways were 
Friends. Descendants of lohn and Mary Way from Nantucket 
lived in North Carolina until about 181 3, at which time they 
moved enmasse to Indiana. 

As early as 1 792, possibly before, some of Nathaniel Way's 
descendants were living in Chatham County, as in that year 
deeds were recorded showing that Amos Way and brother 
Benjamin Way purchased land from Robert Freeman. In 1798, 
loseph Way purchased Benjamin's land, and Benjamin moved 
to Pike County, Indiana. These Ways lived in the extreme 
northwest section of Chatham County, in what is now known 
as Albright Township, and in what was known for several years 
as Mud Lick Community (U.S. Coast Survey Map of 1865). 

)osh U. Way (believed by many to be the pen name of 
Abel M. Way [ 1 834-1 913]) wrote a column for the weekly 
"Messenger," a newspaper which was established in Siler City, 
North Carolina in 1 898. He gave the locale of his column as 
"Cornhill," and it is from his column of May 1 6, 1 899, that we 
get some of the details of the life and death of his nephew, 
Kendrick Franklin Way — b. 11 Nov 1853, Chatham County, 
N.C., d. 29 Apr 1899, Plant City, Florida. Abel M. Way was 
known as "farmer, historian, and genealogist." 

James Madison Way, head of GENERATION VI, left 
Chatham County in 1 878, and moved to Carthage, Moore 
County, North Carolina. He married Louella Campbell Muse, 
daughter of Lemuel and Patience Muse, on 2 March 1882, and 
they had three children: Willie Benton Way, Aubie Dalton Way, 
and Beulah Hayes Way. They are all now deceased, and are 
buried in Cross Hill Cemetery, Carthage, N.C. 

lames Madison Way worked as a carriage-smith for Tyson & 
lones Buggy Company for all of his working life. He died in 
1923, just about the same time as did the Buggy Company, 
and, indeed, the buggy industry. 

From the Siler City "Messenger" written by losh U. Way, May 12, 1912 

"A few days ago I visited the Cane Creek neighborhood and was wondering in my mind how 
many people know the origin of the name. William Kane first discovered this creek and it was named 
Kane's Creek after him. The author of the History of Alamance County says it was named Cane Creek 
after the canes that grew along its banks. I have fished it from the old foundry dam up to its head 
waters and I have never seen a stalk of cane growing on its banks. In an old map of North Carolina 
that is still in existence, I saw that it was spelled Kane's Creek which I believe is the correct way. The 
Quakers began to settle on this creek about the year 1 750, and in all their records they spell it with a 
"C" and so it continues to this end." 



First Row— Left to Right: Brona Wells Zachary, Bessie Pryor Wells, Stafford Wells. 
Second Row — Left to Right: Lottie Wells, Lillian Wells Euliss, Nina Wells Hargrove and Dunan Wells. 

(JUS^he first of the Wells family to come to this country from England was seventy 

Thomas Wells. He and his wife, Frances, came to Maryland sometime in the acres to 

late seventeenth century. The 

Joseph Wells, Sr. (Thomas' son) settled in Laudva County, Virginia with was the 

his wife Rachel. They moved south to Orange County around 1750. Joseph The 

Wells, Jr. was of the third generation of Wells to live in this country. He and married 

his wife, Charity, had ten children — six boys and tour girls. They lived in the claim a 

Cane Creek area around 1750. Joseph purchased a four-hundred-five-acre Stafford 

land grant from the Earl of Granville on November 24, 1 750. Joseph and The 

Charity were charter members of Cane Creek Friends Meeting when it was Annette 

established in 1751. Wells in 

Joseph Wells sold William Marshall and his wife Rebecca one hundred 

acres of land. Out of this tract William Marshall deeded twenty-six 

the Cane Creek Meeting for a meetinghouse site. 

log cabin that is used as an office at the Sword of Peace Drama site 

home of Joseph and Chanty Wells. 

sixth generation of Wells in America included Joel Wells, who 

Abigail Stafford. It is through the Stafford connection that the Wells 

special interest in the United States Space program. Astronaut Tom 

is a great nephew of Abigail Stafford Wells. 

Wells family is still a part of Cane Creek Meeting. Denny Euliss and 

Wall Euliss with their son Michael are of the ninth generation of 


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Henry Clay Wells — Teacher. 





Left to Right: Lizzie and Simon Dixon, Izora and Adolphus Whitehead 

iji^he modern world is heavily upon us and we all struggle to keep up 
with its frenetic pace. But when I think of Eugene and Kathleen Whitehead, 
my paternal grandparents, I am transported to a time when urban life was 
but a mystery and working the land lingered steadfastly in everyone's soul. 
I can still hear the roar of Grandaddy's old tractor in my imagination. I can 
see Grandmaw's rubber boots sitting on the back porch covered with a 
thick, crusty, red mud that came from the fields just behind their homestead. 
I can smell the delicious aroma of Grandmaw's kitchen and I grow melan- 
choly for home. 

Grandaddy and Grandmaw came from resilient pioneer stock and 
spent their daily lives living out the legacy of their parents, Dolph and Izora 
Whitehead and Hayes and Mattie Thompson, before them. Their strong 
Quaker upbringing in the Cane Creek Friends Meeting combined with their 
relentless commitment to the land made them the unwavering patriarch 
and matriarch of our family and formidable members of the Cane Creek 

My grandfather, Eugene Whitehead, took great pride in following in 
his father's footsteps, becoming keeper of the grounds at his beloved Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting. In addition to keeping the grounds in top condition, 
he began the tradition of selling pork at the Fall Festival and donated the 
first hog to the Meetings' first fund raiser. My grandmother, Kathleen, was 
just as committed to the Friends Meeting. She belonged to the women's mis- 
sion circles and worked tirelessly for her church all of her life. 

Eugene and Kathleen had two children — Wallace Wade and Lydia 

Ann — and they all lived and worked together on the Dixon farm where the 
pioneer Dixons had originally settled in 1 750. Many changes took place in 
Alamance County during the lifetime of the Whiteheads, but they always 
held firm to the original Dixon farmland and to their beloved Cane Creek 
Friends Meeting. 

With the passage of time, Grandmaw's and Grandaddy's fingers 
became knotted like old tree roots breaking the earth's surface. Their backs 
began to stoop from the years of difficult work. My grandmaw, Kathleen, 
passed away in 1990 and I wondered how Grandaddy felt when he went 
to Cane Creek to mow the cemetery lawn for the first time after her death. 
I wondered, as he rolled over the grassy hills, if he found solace in the fact 
that he could still care for Grandmaw in a way, that even (hough her soul 
had left for another journey, her presence lingered with the dew that glis- 
tened on the blades of grass that covered the lawn. 

My grandfather, Eugene Whitehead, still lives in the house that I have 
the fondest memories of today. Sometimes, when I sleep at night, I dream 
of standing behind Grandaddy, combing his thinning hair and asking could 
we please watch something other than Lawrence Welk, while Grandmaw 
popped |iffy Pop popcorn on the stove in the kitchen. Even though 
Grandmaw is gone now and I only see Grandaddy a couple of times a 
year, I know parts of them course through my veins so that I am never 
without them at all. I realize that, most importantly, as long as we, The 
Whiteheads, live, Eugene and Kathleen will always be calling us toward 
the strength and solace of home." 

In 1951, Izora Whitehead in dress for the Bicentennial 
celebration of the Church founding. 

Thomas I Dixon and Elizabeth (Belli) Ann Stuart Dixon, 
parents of Simon Dixon and Izora Dixon Whitehead. 

Eugene and Kathleen Whitehead 




Thomas Murphy Williams, 1868-1946 
Elizabeth Curton Williams, 1871-1951 

jflBm he Williams family story is told by granddaughters and great-grand- 
daughters of William and Cleopatra Dixon Williams. 

Murphy Williams, great-great-grandson of Simon Dixon, was owner 
and operator of Dixon's Mill, built in 1 753, located on Cane Creek about 
1/2-mile from Cane Creek Church. Mr. Williams was a miller who ground 
corn on mill rocks for corn meal and also feed for livestock. Part of the mill 
was converted to a workshop where — in his spare time — he made furniture 
of mostly walnut and curly maple wood. Some of this furniture is still in use 
today. Also, baseball bats were made and given to local boys. Some of his 
tools were made in the old Snow Camp Foundry. Between the Church and 
the mill an old rock wall still stands, built in the days before the stock laws 
by loseph Dixon, the grandfather of the man who later became governor 
of Montana. 

In 1 781, when Cornwallis and the British Army came this way, he took 
Simon Dixon's home tor his headquarters. The rock foundation of the house 
remains today. The story is told that not a British soldier was able to start the 
mill to grind corn for meal because Simon Dixon had "fixed" the mill rocks. 

Also, the British soldiers butchered about seventy-five cows that the 
army had taken from farms it passed along the way to Dixon's mill. The 
cows were taken into the Cane Creek Meeting House to be cut up. The ax 
marks cut into the benches were there when the old Meeting house burned. 

Elizabeth Williams was a home-maker who made extra money by selling 
milk and home-churned butter. Before marrying Mr. Williams, Elizabeth 
was a Baptist and often said that the "Baptist never got out of her." But she 
remained faithful to the Quaker Church and their beliefs. They were married 
over 50 years and on their 50th anniversary, Mr. Williams stated that he 
never left home for work without a hoi breakfast. 

Both are buried in Cane Creek Cemetery. 

Another branch of the Dixon descendants through Cleopatra (Dixon) 
Williams enjoyed the fellowship of Cane Creek Friends through the Frank 
Randolph and Hannah Richardson Williams family. Second to the youngest, 

Franklin Blaine Williams grew up at Snow Camp, graduated from Sylvan 
Consolidated School twice — 1916 and 1 921 — went to Central College in 
South Carolina and became a Wesleyan Methodist minister. When he and 
his wife, Nona (Shigley) Williams, came home to Snow Camp to be care- 
givers for five years to Frank Randolph Williams, the family worshipped at 
Cane Creek. Nona especially enjoyed the women's Meetings. At age 89, 
she could still name most all the ladies holding the quilts in the picture 
published in Cane Creek, Mother of Meetings, even though she had been 
away from Snow Camp since 1940 — 52 years.* 

Their oldest daughters, Clara and Lila Jean, loved going with the Cul- 
bertsons to Sunday School at the white clapboard church with the green 
shutters, and learned to sit quietly during the morning worship services 
when no minister was present and services were conducted according to 
the Quaker way: "Letting the Spirit move." That was an excellent way to 
instill discipline and self-control in a child. Vacation Bible School in the 
summers are more good memories. Clara remembers learning to illustrate 
the 23rd Psalm with the flannelgraph when she was seven or eight. Ellen 
Elizabeth was born at Snow Camp and probably the first church she 
attended was Cane Creek. 

Visits back to Snow Camp included Sunday morning worship at Cane 
Creek whenever possible. Two such visits stand out. One, when we saw 
the new brick church with the many front steps for the first time and had a 
Williams family reunion at a pavilion at the Sword of Peace park in the 
afternoon. The second was when we celebrated our parents' 60th wedding 
anniversary at Snow Camp. Ava McVey arranged for us to have it at Cane 
Creek Fellowship Hall on a Sunday afternoon with Esta Dale (Coble) 
Edwards catering. Snow Camp and Cane Creek Church have always felt 
like home to us, though we have lived in other states for many years. On 
this special occasion, we salute Cane Creek Friends Church for the influ- 
ence you have had on all our lives. 

'This same picture is in this book on the division page for Creativity. 







£j-k,ouise Teague, daughter of York and Alice Teague, married lames Wilson 
on February 11,1 962. They were married at Cane Creek Friends Meeting. 
Two-and-a-half years later James and Louise moved from Morganton, NC to 
Snow Camp. Louise is a birthright member at Cane Creek, lames became a 
member of the Society of Friends shortly after moving to the community. 
They have two sons, Bryan and |on, who were active as youth at Cane 
Creek Friends Meeting. Bryan is a recorded minister with the North Carolina 
Yearly Meeting. Louise played the organ at Cane Creek for more than 1 5 
years. James was superintendent of Sunday School, Sunday School teacher, 
and was on numerous comminees. In 1 968, lames and Louise opened Ye 
Olde Country Kitchen at the Snow Camp crossroads. Ye Olde Country 
Kitchen was where the idea was conceived to open an outdoor drama in 
Snow Camp. The Sword of Peace opened in 1974, on July 4th, and contin- 
ues to operate today, with the addition of Pathway to Freedom in 1994, the 
outdoor drama about the Underground Railroad. 

lust prior to the opening of the outdoor drama, James' mother and father, 

Ruby and Robert Wilson, moved to Snow Camp and became active partici- 
pants in Cane Creek Friends Meeting. Robert and Ruby have six children; 
two, Larry and Bobby, also moved to Snow Camp. Larry began attending 
Cane Creek, where he met Kim Allen. They married and have two daugh- 
ters, Mindy and Melissa. Bobby lived in Snow Camp and was owner/ 
operator of Prize Winning Fudge until he passed away in June 1992. 

Robert and Ruby operated Ye Olde Country Kitchen beginning in 1976. 
Robert was a landscapes as well as a restaurant operator. He prepared and 
finished the addition to Cane Creek burial ground. Robert loved Cane Creek 
Meeting and made the statement many times that he wished he had been 
able to live here more of his life. A tragic fire in 1982 destroyed the restau- 
rant. Robert and Ruby rebuilt the restaurant with the help of the community. 
Shortly after rebuilding, Robert discovered he had cancer and passed away 
in 1 983. Ruby continued operating Ye Olde Country Kitchen for a number 
of years. Ruby married Frank Wood and moved to Sanford, NC. At that 
time, Bryan Wilson, her grandson, took over the restaurant in 1 988. 

Standing: Larry, Ruby, lames and Bobby Wilson; Seated: John, Ann and Joyce Wilson. 

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Ye Olde Country Kitchen. 




iskA is quite unusual to hear the name Cleopatra in Quaker 
History; however, the history of the Woody family would 
not be complete without it. 

Cleopatra Dixon, born in 1806, the first wife of Robert 
Woody, died in 1 830 a year after the birth of their son New- 
ton Dixon Woody. Cleopatra was the youngest daughter of 
Thomas Dixon (1 753-1 824) and Abigail Stuart (1 762-1 843), 
and a granddaughter of Simon Dixon, the miller and princi- 
pal character of the "Sword of Peace" outdoor drama at 
Snow Camp. 

Turn back the pages of time for a visit to St George's 
Parish of Baltimore County, Maryland. From the original 
register held in the Maryland State Archives at Annapolis is 
a transcription of church records dated 27 December 1738: 
"|ohn Woody married to Mary Lynsey [Lindley]"; and 
"September 4, 1 752. Thomas Thompson married to Ellinor 
"Agon" [sic]" 

Descendants of these two couples, many generations 
later, are contemporary neighbors in southern Alamance 
County. This set of Thompsons became the pioneer family 
of the Saxapahaw village at the island ford crossing of the 
Haw River. Downstream was the land grant family of John 
and Mary |Lindley] Woody who are buried at Spring Friends 
Cemetery. His Wood'sAVoodies Ferry crossing of the Haw 
River was the main travel route from Hillsborough to 
Lindley's Mill at the time of the American Revolution. 

Mrs. Mary [Woody] Lindley's father was Thomas Lindley, 
who, with co-partner Hugh Laughlin, built in 1 755 the 
Lindley-Laughlin Mill on Cane Creek south of Snow Camp. 
An Orange County, NC, deed shows that Thomas Lindley 
owned the land on which the mill was built; Hugh Laughlin 
owned the water rights. Hugh Laughlin had married Mary 
Harlan-Evans at Old Swedes Church in Wilmington, 
Delaware, before they came south to Cane Creek Valley. 
Their daughter Mary Laughlin married John Woody's son 
James at Cane Creek Meeting. 

James and Mary Woody were the parents of Hugh 
Woody, whose son Robert married Cleopatra Dixon, 
daughter of Thomas and granddaughter of the miller Simon 
Dixon. Hugh and Ruth Woody's daughter, Mary, married 
Joseph Dixon, son of Thomas and Abigail Stuart Dixon. 

After Robert Woody's first wife Cleopatra died, he 
married a second time. Her name is shown as "Pyrena" 

?? on her tombstone in the Cane Creek Cemetery. 

She was the mother of Frank Hargrove Woody, born in 
1834, and possibly Mary Ann Woody, born in 1836. The 
cause of her death in unknown, other than letters referring 
to her health as "sickly." Robert's third wife was Frances 
Hargrove, who was his wife of record at his death in 1848, 
"being ill eight hours with cholera." 

Robert, twice disowned for marrying out of unity, is 
buried at Cane Creek with his three wives. In the next row 
over lies buried his only daughter Mary Ann Woody (1 836- 
1872) who died in Augusta, Georgia, where she and hus- 
band Eli Branson (1827-1893) relocated from Indiana after 
the Civil War. Mary Ann's health declined after the birth of 
"Little Flora." On the death of his wife, the extremely 
grieved Eli wrote from Georgia that he was going to get for 
her "the prettiest tombstone in the world." This grave mark- 
er can be seen alongside his own in the Cane Creek 
Cemetery at Snow Camp. 

"Little Flora," their daughter Flora Antionette Branson, 
married the Rev. J.D. [James Davidl Andrew in 1894 at the 
home of her uncle Newton Dixon Woody. 

Hugh Woody's will of 1825 bequeathed land to his son 
Robert on Mud Lick Creek in Chatham County. Robert 
Woody was a merchant-miller as was his oldest son Newton 
Dixon Woody, with 1857 merchandise invoices showing 
"N.D." in business at Prosperity mill on Deep River in 
Moore County. 

Newton D. married out of unity to Susan Elizabeth 
Corsbie of the German Reformed Mt. Hope community. 
Relocating to Guilford where he operated Woodys Mill, he 
continued his friendship with Center and Cane Creek 
Meetings, and with Prosperity Friends who welcomed him 
after the Civil War. 

He found that paying the exemption fee did not truly 
exempt him from militia service. Reluctant to following 
government orders to turn in the names of militia-age males, 
he left his home and family to make a run for freedom in 
the West. He fled Snow Camp just ahead of the conscrip- 
tors. Friends helped him make train connections to Indiana. 

Woody returned from Indiana and became involved in 
the mill business. He built the dam at High Falls across the 
Deep River. 

"Tom" and "Jennie" Woody's daughter, Edith, on a week- 
end visit from Guilford College, met at a Quarterly Meeting 
at Spring Friends a young man from Alamance County who 
was a blacksmith for the City of Durham. "Cleve" Shaw was 
on a day-trip return for the bountiful Quaker-cooked dinner 
on the grounds. Their marriage in January of 1 91 5 closed a 
serendipitous circle of over 200 years. 

The groom, Grover Cleveland Shaw, is a Thompson 
grandson descendant of the 1 750's St. George's Parish 
wedding in Baltimore County, Maryland, of Thomas 
and Eleanor Thompson who are buried in the Pioneer 
Thompson Cemetery east of Swepsonville and Saxapahaw. 



wJI/he Workman family came to the Cane Creek area in the early 1800's. 
The earliest record we have of the Workman family in North Carolina is 
1 789 when )ohn Workman signed as trustee tor a one acre tract "for use of 
building a Meeting House to hold public meetings and Thanksgivings for 
the Meanes and Blessings of Almighty God." This Meeting continues to this 
day, being Cane Creek Baptist Church in the Orange Grove community of 
Orange County. As of this date researchers have been unable to determine 
the parents of John Workman or where he came from, (esse Workman, one 
of the children of |ohn Workman and Silvia Cate, moved to the Cane Creek 
area near Peter Stout. He and Peter Stout erected the first dam on Cane 
Creek that became the Cane Creek Cotton Factory (Euliss 1973). 

Jesse Workman was twice married, first to Mary "Polly" Crutchfield. 
One child, John, was born of this marriage. John married Margaret Cheek 
and moved to Indiana for some time, then he and his family returned to 
North Carolina and the Cane Creek area. After his wife Margaret died, he 

Seated: Calvin Workman (03-28-1830 ■ 09-10-1908) 

s/o (esse and Elizabeth Crutchfield Workman; 

Luzada May (11-17-1876 - 09-28-1913) 

d/o David and Naomi Cray May, German ancestry/spoke 

German, both buried Cane Creek FBG. 

Standing— Left to Right: Martha Ellen "Matt" Workman 

(08-02-1871 - 12-26-1940) 

d/o Calvin and Luzada w/o Owen Holliday; 

lames Monroe Workman (12-10-1859 - 09-08-1946) 

s/o Calvin and Luzada h/o Harriett Freeland; 

Owen Holliday (01-13-1868 - 05-30-1953) 

h/o Martha Workman. 

Other children of Calvin and Luzada: 

Durant Hatch Workman (03-04-1857 - 02-11-1896) 

h/o Elizabeth Vandelia Turner, buried Bethel UMC 


William Preston Workman (06-04-1861 - 10-28-1895) 

h/o Mary Catherine "Kate" McPherson, buried Cane 

Creek FBG. 

remarried. His second wife was Harriet Stephens. No children were born of 
this marriage. 

Jesse Workman's second wife was Elizabeth Crutchfield. As was not 
unusual in that time period, Jesse and Elizabeth had a large family, who 
grew up, married and remarried in the Cane Creek area: Sarah Jane "Sallie" 
married Jacob Boggs; William married Mary Stout; Jonathan married Mary 
Stone; Mary Elizabeth "Polly" married Joseph "Dode" Allen; Calvin married 
Luzada May; Silvia married George Godfrey; Margaret married Calvin 
Davidson; Henry married Martha Ellen Teague, Sarah Stephens, and Adelia 
"Jane" McPherson; Hannah married Benjamin Forshee; and Lydia married 
)ohn Moon. 

There are many descendants of this family that are presently active in 
the Cane Creek Meeting and in their local communities. 

Additional information about this family is on file, and available for 
study in the Heritage Room of the Meeting. 

John and Harriet Stephens Workman. 


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Nathan and Alma Wright 

^J^,very summer in )uly I am privileged to attend the Wright reunion at 
South Fork Friends Meeting. Nathan Wright, my father, was born and raised 
in this community. 

Then in August I can attend the McPherson reunion at Cane Creek 
Friends Meeting. My mother. Alma McPherson Wright, was a member of 
this Meeting. 

My father moved from South Fork community to Snow Camp where he 
met, courted, and married my mother. 

From this union four sons were raised. Clem, Kent, Blake, and myself, 
Earl. Each of us, from infancy to adulthood, was privileged to attend Cane 
Creek. I'm sure that this early training can be credited greatly with the type 
of adults each of us became. 

Our training did not stop with Sunday School and Worship Service. I 
can remember that each night at home mother would read from the Bible 

and follow with prayers concerning our lives and the cares and concerns of 
our church, community, and world affairs 

I'm sure that this type of background was the reason that we each grew 
up to be upstanding citizens. One of us (Blake) became a Friends minister. 

Each of us moved away when we married and started our own family. 

Our parents were still very active in the Meeting as long as they were 
able. I remember that in 1940, when the Church building burned, my father 
moved his sawmill down to the Church yard just a few days after the fire, 
and logs were cut to saw lumber to start building a new sanctuary. The 
Friends spirit had not been dampened. 

I still attend Cane Creek several times a year, and I always relive some 
portion of my early life each time. 

There is a truth that must be faced. Even though there were four sons in 
this family, there was no grandson born to carry on the Wright family name." 

Nathan Perry Wright and Alma McPherson Wright. 

December 1972 — 4 sons of Nathan and Alma Wright, standing: Earl and Blake; 
seated: Clem and Kent. 

December 1972 — All daughters of 4 Wright sons, Left to Right standing: 

Sandra Wilson, Mary Donnan, |oyce Smith, Ruth Patterson; 

Lett to Right seated: Lynda Milam and |udy Truit. 

May 2000 — Wright Cousins, Lett to Right: Ruth Patterson, Judy Truitt, Mary Donnan, 
Joyce Auman, Lynda Milam and Sandra Wilson. 


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i-JJyohn and Rachel Wells Wright moved lo ihe Cane Creek Valley in 1 749. 
They came from a Quaker settlement on Monacacy Creek near Frederick, 
Maryland. Their intention was to begin a new Quaker settlement in the 
southern part of what is today Alamance County in North Carolina. 

They came on horse back and brought their possessions on pack ani- 
mals. Il seems almost certain that John Wright and other Quaker men had 
visited the area during the previous summer and al that time had selected 
land on which to establish their homes. After securing their land as much as 
possible they returned to Maryland and prepared to bring their families back 
to Carolina in the spring of 1 749. The Wright family would have been 
accompanied by other families with similar ambitions. 

)ohn Wright was thirty-two years old, Rachel was twenty-eight and their 
seven children ranged in age from ten years to three or four months. Life on 
the frontier was extremely difficult and it required all the resources one 
could muster to survive. But survive they did. 

Rachel Wright was a recorded minister and her close friend, Abigail 
Pike, would become a recorded minister later. They were concerned about 
the spiritual life of the group of Friends who had migrated to the Carolina 
country. In less than two years after their arrival in the back country of 
Carolina these two women petitioned Eastern Quarterly Meeting in Pasquo- 
tank County to approve the establishment of a monthly meeting at Cane 
Creek. This approval was given and the meeting began in October 1751. 

John and Rachel Wright worked together as a team in providing leader- 
ship for the tledglmg meeting. Both were staunch supporters and trained 
their thirteen children to support the meeting and be strong in their Quaker 
faith. Their daughter, Charity Cook, would become a well known Quaker 
minister. Rachel was concerned about Friends in other meetings and would 
often travel some distances to assist them. John would provide the stability 
that was needed in their home when Rachel traveled. By 1762 John and 
Rachel had prospered to the point that they could add acreage to their land 
holdings. They bought 282 acres "more or less" from Peter Stout for the sum 
of eight pounds. All of this land was "within the boundaries of the Earl of 
Granville's holdings." 

Rachel and John's daughter, Charity, would become involved in a con- 
troversy within the Meeting. It would have far-reaching effects — all the way 
to the Yearly Meeting. Charity was about fifteen years old when the incident 
occurred. Someone in the Women's Meeting accused her of having an affair 
with a man in the Cane Creek Meeting. She denied the charge vehemently. 
The Women's Meeting would not back away from the charge against 
Charity and on April 4, 1 761 , she was disowned. On the same day the 

Men's Meeting disowned the man involved in the case for "telling scan- 
dalous tales about several of the young women in the Meeting." This action 
would certainly raise some questions about the actions of the Women's 
Meeting. It might not be an accomplishment to be proud of but Charity was 
the youngest person to be disowned by Cane Creek Meeting. 

However, the matter was far from settled. Charity appealed her case to 
the Quarterly Meeting. The committee appointed by the Quarterly Meeting 
said that she could be retained in membership if she would admit her guilt 
and make an acceptable apology. Charity refused. The membership seemed 
divided on the issue. 

Rachel Wright was sharply critical of the Monthly Meeting's actions. 
This was a very serious offense. So, she apologized for her actions. The 
Monthly Meeting accepted her apology. Sometime later Rachel asked for a 
certificate for her and her children to transfer their membership to Wateree 
Monthly Meeting in Camden, South Carolina, where they were living. 
(Apparently John Wright was deceased at this time.) The Monthly Meeting 
refused to grant the certificate saying that Rachel Wright had not been 
sincere in her apology. This effectively stopped Wateree Meeting from 
accepting the Wrights into Membership. 

There was much discontentment among the membership over the matter. 
Six months passed. No agreement could be reached. Rachel again appealed 
to the Quarterly Meeting to prod the Monthly Meeting to take action. When 
the Quarterly Meeting attempted to discipline them, the Monthly Meeting 
appealed the case to the Yearly Meeting. It was the decision of that body 
that Rachel Wright deserved the certificate and that the Quarterly Meeting 
had exceeded its authority in trying to discipline the Cane Creek Monthly 

On March 7, 1767, more than five years after Rachel Wright had asked 
for a certificate of transfer, Cane Creek Women's Meeting granted one for 
her and her children to the Wateree Monthly Meeting. On December 3, 
1 768, Charity would send a paper of condemnation to the Meeting for her 
former misconduct which was received as satisfactory. 

Since that time, there has not been any more controversies of that nature 
to affect the Wright family. Throughout the long history of Cane Creek they 
have been faithful attenders and supporters. There are no Wrights living in 
the immediate area at the present time, but their descendants are still 
involved in the Meeting. 

Some of the information in this article was used by permission of 
The Southern Friend. 

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It seemed very unlikely that a small farming community would have enough resources to produce an outdoor drama. But that is 
just what the Snow Camp community did. Almost thirty years ago a group of interested people gathered at Cane Creek Friends 
Meeting and heard Bobby Wilson explain his dream for an outdoor drama. He had become interested in the history of the Quaker 
Meeting as he listened to the stories he heard from Ed and Lorraine Griffin. 

It was not long before Bobby enlisted the aid of his brother, lames, and together they secured enough interested people to form the 
Snow Camp Historical Drama Society. 

Out of that simple beginning, the drama The Sword of Peace was born. It has been presented in the Snow Camp Outdoor 
theater each summer for the past 27 years. 

In more recent times another drama has been added to the summer program. It is Pathway To Freedom. 

Both of the productions tell of the struggles of the Quakers as they sought to live up to their beliefs. 

The Daily Times-News 
Friday, Aug. 7, 1987 



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i, Ruby Wilson. Bryan Wilson. Louise Wilson, Jon Wilson, James Wilson, /front) 








Scene from Sword of Peace 
shows the tragedy of war. 

Scene from Pathway To Freedom 


British soldier takes aim in The Sword of Peace. 

A comical moment in The Sword of Peace. 

Gift Shop at The Sword of Peace. 

Wedding ceremony from The Sword of Peace. 


One of the buildings on The Sword of Peace site. 

.Accession /Slumbers 

Some of the pictures in this book have been registered with N.C. Department of Cultural Resources 
Division of Archives and History. They have been assigned an accession number. A print of one of these 
pictures may be obtained by contacting the N.C. Dept. of Cultural Resources and giving them the acces- 
sion number. 


Description of Picture 

2000.6.6 John and Harriet Stephens Workman 

2000.6.7 Elizabeth Jane Allen and husband Isaac Hammer 

2000.6.8 John Griffin seated in buggy 

2000.6.9 Peter Dixon seated in wagon 

2000.6.11 Members of Baseball Team in front of building 

2000.6.13 Sylvan School 

2000.6.14 Thomas J. Dixon 
2000.6.1 5 Cleo Griffin quilting 
2000.6.16 Isaac and Jane Allen Hammer 

Nathan and Lydia Allen Stuart 

67.11.33 Allen House 

N. 2000. 7. 25 Micajah and Phoebe Johnson McPherson 

N. 2000. 7. 26 Mattie Stuart Thompson quilting 

N. 2000.7.27 Randolph Coble House 

N. 2000. 7. 28 Country Store with Paul and Verla Thompson 

2000.6.12 Old Sylvan School 

Cost of Pictures 


$ 4.00 

8 x lO- 


ll x 14- 




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Special Collections Branch 
4614 Mail Service Center 
Raleigh, NC 27699-4614 


R NC 975.658 Cane c.l 
Cane Creek Monthly Meeting 
of Friends (Alamance Co. , NC 
From whence we came : 


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